The video shows double-muscled sheep breed from Belgium
A video has been viewed thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and YouTube alongside a claim that it shows a clone of a goat-and-pig hybrid animal called Khanzarof. The claim is false. The video actually shows Beltex sheep, a breed which originated in Belgium.
The 27-second clip was posted here on Facebook on May 30, 2019, and has been viewed more than 2,100 times since.
The Indonesian-language post translates to English as: “The result of cloning
“Russian and American veterinarians are successful in creating a new animal named Khanzarof
“Mixed goat + pig produce animal named
* KHANZAROF * DECLARED HARAM FOR MUSLIM MEN AND WOMEN
However, the claim is false.
Two banners can be seen in the first three seconds of the misleading video that reads: “Jewitt Beltex” and “Beltex Crackers Female Sale on December 1, 2017”.
Keyword searches found a video showing sheeps that look similar to those in the misleading clip on the Facebook page of Jewitt & Sunnybank Pedigree Livestock here, dated July 11, 2020.
The post reads in part: “Beltex Shearling Gimmers For Sale
“Choice of 17 / Prices from £400 / Grass Fed & Naturally done / Tremendous breeding lines / Dam cost up to 5000gns”.
Jewitt & Sunnybank Pedigree Livestock is a Beltex and Blue Texel sheep breeder based in the UK.
Beltex is a breed of sheep from Belgium that was originally developed as the Belgian Texel, by selecting and breeding for the traits found in double-muscled sheep.
Below is screenshot comparison between clip in the misleading post (L) and Jewitt & Sunnybank Pedigree Livestock’s video (R):
Harrison & Hetherington, a UK-based livestock auctioneer, published a 52-page magazine for the Beltex crackers female sale held on December 1, 2017, at Carlisle City, England. The information seen in the magazine corresponds with the banners seen in the misleading clip.
“After further investigation, it appears that the animals [in the misleading video] are Beltex sheep from Belgium,” she wrote. “This type of sheep is the result of a cross breed between local Belgian sheep and Texel sheep. This sheep was developed by a Belgian breeder who was assisted by Professor Roger Hanset from the University of Liege, a researcher who also developed the Belgian Blue cattle.”
AFP previously published a fact-check report that a video that purportedly shows a pig-cow cross breed is actually a video of a Belgian Blue bull.