A male goat with extraordinarily long ears has become something of a media star in Pakistan, with its owner claiming a world record that may or may not exist.
Most important points:
- Simba’s ears are so long they have to be folded over his back so he doesn’t stand on them
- He also has a special harness to wear his long ears around his neck
- His owner Hasan Narejo plans to use Simba’s fame to promote Pakistan as a top country for raising goats
Simba now lives a pampered life in Karachi, where he was born last month with noticeably long ears — and further grown to 54 inches each!
Breeder Mohammad Hasan Narejo says he has approached Guinness World Records to see if his indictment can be listed as the greatest of all time, although there is currently no “long-standing goat” category on the organization’s website.
“Within 10 to 12 days of his birth, he appeared in all national and international media – and won a beauty contest,” said a proud Mr Narejo.
Simba’s ears are so long that Mr. Narejo has to fold them over his back to prevent the blister from getting on them.
He also designed a harness so Simba can wear the long lugholes around his neck.
Mr. Narejo is wary of the attention Simba has attracted – including from rival breeders – and has resorted to prayer and tradition to try to ward off any ill will.
“We recite Qur’anic verses and blow on him to dispel the evil eye,” Narejo said.
“Following a long tradition inherited from our elders, we have attached a black thread around him reinforced with Qur’anic verses.”
Mr. Narejo plans to raise Simba as a stud to promote Pakistan’s image as a top country for goat breeding.
“Simba’s name Pakistan should be floating around the world,” he said.