Tuesday, 29 March 2011

China's dog in sheep's clothing

Vets have dismissed (not surprisingly) a Chinese farmer's claim one of his sheep has given birth to a sheep dog. Yes, really!

The woolly progeny (pictured above left) was supposedly found tucked up with 'mum' in a paddock, being licked clean.

Farmer Liu Naiying claims he found the lamb-dog in one of his fields just after it had been born.

"I was herding the sheep, and saw a sheep licking her newborn lamb on the grassland. The lamb was still wet," he said. "When I went up close to check on the lamb I was shocked because it looked so weird, like a cross between a sheep and a dog. I was a bit frightened, as I've been raising sheep for 20 years and had never seen such a creature."

Though it has wool like a lamb's, the creature's mouth, nose, eyes, paws and tail are most definitely dog-like. Liu says the creature even plays like a puppy. Fancy that!

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