In July 2015, after finding this beautiful painting of Noah’s ark in Milan, I produced a post on unicorns . The following is a quote from it:
“… However, the most interesting feature is the pair of white unicorns joining the queue, just in front of the elephants. Why are they there if they did not exist? We will probably never know the reasons. But what if they existed and became extinct after checking in? There is a rumour that they got chewed up en route by the lions…”
I then mused on finding a scientific name for them and I concluded that Equus monocornis would be appropriate. I was really proud but, unfortunately, equally wrong!
Last October, while on safari to the Kalahari Trails in South Africa, without much hope of finding anything interesting, I placed the camera trap at the waterhole in front of our bungalow. What I found the next morning came as an unexpected shock: a live unicorn!
Based on this initial picture, strenuous walks over the red (and sometimes white) dunes of the Kalahari followed in search of the beast that had eluded humankind for milennia. Finally I found it and, despite my sweaty hands (emotion or heat?), I managed to take the necessary picture that proves beyond any doubt that unicorns do roam our planet, though undetected because of their scarcity.
Before you point it out to me, I am aware that the animal strongly resembles a gemsbok or oryx (Oryx gazella) but the sole horn is clearly the defining factor…
The finding forced me to review my previously proposed classification of the unicorn. It now stands as follows:
Family: Bovidae Gray, 1821
Equidae Gray, 1821
Genus: Oryx de Blainville, 1816
Equus Linnaeus, 1758
Species: monocornis Bushsnob, 2018
monocornis Bushsnob, 2015
Pleased with my discovery I have chosen to ignore those people that have suggested that I should include the word “sundowner” as part of its name.
Below I present you with the best picture that shows the beast in its full glory:
The perfect unicorn!!! I hope the issue has now been settled for good.