Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Cryptozoological Update

A unicorn has been discovered in Italy:

He is believed to have been born with a genetic flaw; his twin has two horns.

Calling it the first time he has seen such a case, Tozzi said such anomalies among deer may have inspired the myth of the unicorn.

The unicorn, a horse-like creature with magical healing powers, has appeared in legends and stories throughout history, from ancient and medieval texts to the adventures of Harry Potter.

"This shows that even in past times, there could have been animals with this anomaly," he said by telephone. "It's not like they dreamed it up."
Of all the made-up beasts to fabricate find on your nature preserve, why this one? Why not Nessie, Bigfoot, a gnome, a griffin, a genuinely straight homophobe?

That's a pretty sad-looking unicorn if you ask me, and I can only imagine what the other deer think of it. I prefer to believe the myth originated with a horse that showed mysterious healing powers (it kicked the village witch, sneezed antibiotic mucous, what have you) and that the single horn was added to the story later.

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