Adorable Baby "Geep" is a Rare Cross Between a Sheep and Goat

Separately, a baby sheep and a baby goat are adorable creatures. But what about when the little one is a cross between a sheep and pygmy goat? The result is even cuter. Butterfly, a “geep,” is the incredibly rare offspring of these two species. Born on July 27 of this year, the newborn is among only a handful of geeps in the world.

Butterfly is currently growing and thriving at My Petting Zoo, a mobile petting zoo based out of Cave Creek, Arizona. She gets her face from her goat father, Michael, and a longer tail thanks to her sheep mother, Momma. This combination also results in Butterfly's striking and beautifully unusual coloring; the all-white head and feet are met with a black spotted body.

According to Priscilla Motola, the owner of My Petting Zoo, she was caught off guard by Butterfly's arrival. This wasn't necessarily due to the unique breed, but because Motola didn't even know Momma was pregnant. The birth was a complete surprise, as was the cross-species romance. But since then, this geep has stolen the hearts of people around the world.

My Petting Zoo website and Facebook page
via [Laughing Squid and]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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