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Health officers blame illegal mining as sheep gives birth to lamb with bizarre deformity

Residents of Sefwi-Wenchi in the Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai Municipality of the Western North Region were left in disbelief when a sheep gave birth to a lamb with a bizarre deformity.

Health officers blame illegal mining as sheep gives birth to lamb with bizarre deformity

The lamb, born with two heads and four eyes but a seemingly normal body, has left the community puzzled and concerned.

The unusual occurrence has sparked various theories among the locals, with some attributing the deformity to spiritual forces. However, veterinary officers who visited the scene are pointing towards a different culprit – illegal mining.

According to veterinary experts, heavy metal deposits found in the country's water bodies, a consequence of rampant illegal mining activities, could be responsible for such deformities in both animals and humans. The contaminated water, when consumed by animals, may lead to severe health issues and physical abnormalities.

“We know for sure that deformities come because of one or two things; something like heavy metals in water. When the animals drink that water, there is a possibility that there will be such deformities,” explained a veterinary officer during an interview with JoyNews.

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The lamb, born with the rare condition, is facing difficulties in standing or walking, leaving the community deeply concerned about the potential health risks associated with the environmental challenges they are facing.

Local authorities are now calling for a thorough investigation into the water quality in the region, particularly in areas affected by illegal mining, to ascertain the extent of the problem and take necessary measures to safeguard both animal and human health.

As Sefwi-Wenchi grapples with the aftermath of this peculiar incident, the story serves as a stark reminder of the far-reaching consequences of environmental degradation and the urgent need for sustainable practices to protect communities and their livelihoods.

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