Just when you thought we’d reached peak unicorn, a sheep in Iceland has been discovered masquerading as the real thing.
A ram, born last spring to family farmers Erla Porey Olafsdottir and her husband, Bjarni Bjarnason, in Hraunkot, Iceland, has been named, literally, “Unicorn,” or “Einhyrningur” in Icelandic, according to a translation from the local newspaper the Iceland Monitor.
Unicorn’s two horns are fused together at the top of his head making one super-wide horn and making him look like the mythical creature. As the BBC points out, “unicorn” originates from the Latin for “single horn.” This isn’t a perfect unicorn situation, since the horn splits toward the top, but still.
The unusual animal “always looks slightly surprised or sad in expression,” the farmers told the newspaper. It’s eyes are pulled wide by the horn, it appears.
Unicorn has had to make do with its condition, and seems to have adjusted well enough, though it does get picked on by the other two-horned sheep occasionally. The farmers said, “sheep houses are not designed for unicorns, so he has to do a bit of adjusting.”
The family has taken a liking to the unique sheep and even read unicorn stories together, but since Unicorn won’t be good for breeding he can’t stay on the farm much longer.
But don’t despair entirely there’s hope that the Reykjavik Zoo will take in the special sheep. We reached out to the zoo to hear about the fate of Unicorn and we’re holding out hope this trendy ram will continue showing off its horn.
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