At least that’s what Shaanxi farmer Liu Naiying believes about the newborn animal he found in his herd of sheep. Liu recalls how he found the strange baby animal shortly after it was born: “I was herding the sheep, and saw a sheep licking her newborn lamb on the grassland. The lamb was still wet. 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.”
The “sheepdog” has wool like a lamb but mouth, eyes, nose, paws and a tail that more resemble a dog. The small animal has since become a local sensation and thousands have been flocking to Liu’s farm for a peek at the supposed hybrid.
But could it really be a cross between a sheep and a dog? Yue Guozhang, a scientist at Xi’an City Animal Husbandry Technology Centre said sheep and dogs cannot mate. “It’s not possible that a sheep could become pregnant with a puppy,” he said. ‘It’s likely that this is just an abnormal lamb.”
Whatever it is, it’s definitely cute.