There are varieties of myths about creatures that are half goat-half human. The Greeks had satyrs, who hung around with Dionysus, the god of wine and fertility. The Romans had fauns, who had the torso of a human, but the legs, and horns, of a goat. The legend of fauns crept into contemporary pop culture through the character of Mr. Tumnus, from C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. Now, one Malaysian farmer believes he might have found a real life hybrid.
Ibrahim Basir could not believe his ears when a farmhand gave him a report on a newborn goat. Basir, a 63-year-old farmer from southern Malaysia, rushed to the pen and was shocked to see the body of a kid (baby goat) that possessed the features of a human baby. In particular, the face had a distinctly human appearance because of the goat’s small nose, missing ears, and seemingly angelic smile. The animal also had short limbs and an underdeveloped torso. There were clearly hoofs on all four legs and a light brown coat of fur covering the body.
By the time Ibrahim made it to the goat pen on his farm in the village of Felda, the newborn was dead. The mother had attacked the goat soon after birth and trampled it to death. Basir has never before seen a mother act with such hostility toward her own newborn. Further adding to the mystery, the farmer claims that the kid did not have an umbilical cord. Local residents fear that the newborn goat is a mutation and an omen of bad tidings for the community.
Not everyone was turned away by the strange birth though, as Basir noted multiple people tried to purchase the carcass. However, he refused to sell. Instead, he packed the body into a cooler filled with ice and went to the district veterinary office. Medical officials have said they will conduct a necropsy and provide additional details about their findings.