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Name That Geep: Farmer’s Sheep-Goat Crossbreed Needs a Moniker

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Goat sheep crossbreed on Irish farm. The as yet un-named Geep (a cross breed of a goat and a sheep) on Paddy Murphy's farm in Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare, April 4, 2014. Niall Carson—PA Wire/AP

The rare hybrid--whose mom is a sheep and dad is a goat--usually results in stillborns. Now an Irish farmer is seeking a name for his healthy newborn.

An Irish farmer who claims his sheep birthed a cross between a sheep and a goat is launching a charity competition to name the newborn, the Press Association reports.

The crossbreed–generally known as a geep–is said to be extremely unusual, with most reported cases resulting in a still born.

Patrick Murphy told the Press Association that he was overwhelmed by the attention the animal received after a video by the Irish Farmers Journal was posted to Youtube and is now hoping to raise funds with the naming competition for a sick child in his village of Ballymore Eustace.

[Press Association]

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