THE story of a goat that gave birth to a human-like creature in Lower Gweru on Sunday has stirred a heated debate with some people alleging that it could have been an act of witchcraft while experts dismissed the issue as scientifically impossible.
In an interview with Chronicle yesterday, Midlands Provincial Veterinary Officer, Dr Thomas Sibanda, said it was scientifically impossible for a man to impregnate any animal.
“As far as I know it is not scientifically possible for a man to impregnate a beast unless of course it’s a miracle. A sheep and a goat can mate but they will never produce any product out of it,” he said.
Dr Sibanda said it was unfortunate that veterinary officers did not manage to travel to Lower Gweru to witness the strange “goat”.
He said it was possible that the strange looking creature could have been a genuine goat born with some deformities.
“It is common that an animal can be born with the hydrocephalus condition, a condition that causes an animal to have an abnormally big head full of water. This condition can cause the normal positions of the chin, nose and ears to shift,” said Dr Sibanda.
“We could have confirmed that the creature was a goat if we had seen it since we are experts in animals. To confirm whether it was a human thing you need medical doctors.”
Meanwhile, residents of Gweru were yesterday engaged in debates on the human-like creature, which left the community of Lower Gweru under Chief Sogwala shell-shocked.
The goat that gave birth to the creature belonged to a Nyoni.
In interviews yesterday, the residents said acts of bestiality were common and were once regarded as an initiation from boyhood to manhood by many communities.
“One was regarded a man after proving his prowess in having sex with a goat. Once they reached puberty, the boys would go and herd goats and cattle. However, such acts were never known to produce a child. This is really a first of its kind,” said Garikai Shoko (54), whose rural home is in Chiundura.
Paul Bhebhe (60) of Lower Gweru echoed the same sentiments adding that the only strange thing in this whole saga was the birth of the strange looking goat.
Superstitious residents dismissed the strange creature as a result of witchcraft.
“We have heard stories of snakes with human heads, cows or donkeys that have given birth to goats or chickens. All such things are products of witchcraft,” said Mr Louis Nyathi of Mambo.
An inyanga who refused to be named said the strange goat could either be a product of a man and a goat or a result of witchcraft.
“There is a certain muti that only works when one is instructed to sleep with an animal or even your daughter. We do not know exactly the circumstances surrounding this issue but anything is possible.
"This could be an act of jealous by neighbours who are not happy that this Lower Gweru man has many goats and probably many other animals,” he said.