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Half goat, half sheep born in Arizona

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It's a sheep. It's a goat. No, it's a geep.

A petting zoo in Scottsdale, Arizona was perplexed when Butterfly was born unexpectedly on Sunday.

"First we noticed the wool and then we thought oh she's a sheep," said Priscilla Motola. "Then we noticed the feet like a goat and the little face look like a little goat."

Motola looked online and made a shocking discovery. Butterfly was a geep: half goat and half sheep. Her mom is a sheep named Momma and her dad is a goat named Michael. Momma and Michael used to share the same pen.

"That's the only way that it could have happened," Motola said. "We had no idea they were involved."

Most geeps are stillborn because sheep have 54 chromosomes, while goats have 60. But Butterfly is alive and well and sharing a pen with Momma.


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