The word “monster” has as its root the Latin term “monstrum,” which in itself has a root as a verb meaning “to reveal” or “to warn.” In years past, the birth of a deformed child, for example, or a deformed animal would have been taken as an ill omen. The births of “monsters” so often recorded in the Middle Ages were, we recognize now, of children with severe birth defects. Had the one-eyed baby goat featured in this report been born in centuries back it might have caused a panic. Somebody had done something bad and one or more gods was pissed, they would have figured. The owner of this little monstrosity, however, believes it will bring him good luck. If he is able to capitalize on the opportunity, say by charging folks a modest fee to see the animal, then this will of a certainty prove the case. As the man views the goat as a “miracle,” however, he might find it tacky to try to make a few bucks off it.
Such deformed animals typically die shortly after birth, but this one is still kicking as of the writing of this article. (It’s also possible that the little beastie has been photoshopped, although the footage looks genuine.) Here’s hoping the little monster goat, which doesn’t appear particularly monstrous at all—ugly, perhaps, but hardly monstrous—makes it.