A woman in the Nigerian city of Lagos gave birth to a “half human and half goat” baby, claims a post on the Facebook page Witty Hive.
It shows photos of an infant with severe physical abnormalities.
“Just yesterday evening I received a call from one of my doctor friend in Lagos hospital near Mile 2, getting there a girl of 16 years that slept with a man of 87 years because of Benz and got pregnant, now look at what she delivered as a baby. Half-human being and half goat,” the post reads. It’s been shared more than 5,000 times.
It then advises young women to “get a job to take care of themselves than depending on older men destroying their future with occultist men”.
Blog post tells of 2018 birth in Cameroon
A reverse image search reveals that the photos have been used a number of times to tell different stories in different places.
A 9 March 2019 blog post used them in a report on a “monster-like baby” born in Cameroon.
It reads: “#BIZARRE: But what time are we finally living? A baby came out of his mother's womb with a strange head in a hospital in Cameroon. Scientists are still looking for the reasons for this malformation. The world is really scary.”
Congenital birth defect
Dr Akinwande Akinwale, a gynaecologist at the Christ Heritage Specialist Hospital in Lagos, told Africa Check he suspected the baby in the photo had a congenital birth defect.
“It is a disability at birth. It could be physical, mental or developmental. It is very difficult to ascertain the causes but it could be caused by environmental factors, or medications taken during pregnancy, or genetics. Pinpointing this particular ailment is an issue,” Akinwale said.
Dr Adebola Omololu, an associate professor in the University of Lagos College of Medicine’s obstetrics and gynaecology department, told us a “half human, half goat” was not possible.
“There is no such thing as half-human and half-animal. It is not heard of anywhere,” Omololu said. – Jennifer Ojugbeli
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