The Unique Unicorn
Who doesn’t love the beautiful and graceful Unicorn? Both kids and adults are enchanted by the pictures and tales of this legendary creature that has the shape and looks of a horse but also has a magical, spiral shaped horn growing from his forehead. These prancing, dancing animals are often described as possessing many different powers including the ability to become invisible at will and the ability to fly. Winged Unicorns that have wings and fly are also called Pegasi.
Myths and legends about the Unicorn can have been known and discussed for hundreds of years. One legend says that you can find these mystical creatures only during the light of the full moon. The horn will twinkle and shimmer in the moonlight and this sparkling light will lead you to where they are grazing. Most of the pictures of Unicorns show animals that are snow white in colour but a few are the colour of ebony. Their horns are always gold or silver coloured and the shape of the horn is shown as a spiral.
There are many stories involving famous people who claim that they have seen these seeing amazing animals. Even Julius Caesar described an encounter with a unicorn, and he gave a lengthy description of the creature. Unicorns were well known subjects for artists and storytellers during medieval times. You can still find many paintings, drawings, and tapestries that feature these animals.
Today you will find thousands of tales about the mythical Unicorns and they are different depending on the country in which the tale originated. European tales almost always describe these creatures as wild, spirited, and almost impossible to catch or tame. In Eastern countries, the Unicorn is described as very docile and gentle and it is believed that to see one will bring good luck. Perhaps this is another reason why so many people continue to be delighted when they see a picture of this beautiful, fantasy creature.
There are some unicorns that really do exist today. Did you know that there are even unicorns that can be found in the water? These tropical fish stay in groups that are called schools, and they eat algae that they find in the water. Their horn begins to grow while they are still very tiny and, it will continue growing until it is about 5 inches in length. These Unicorns look very dangerous but they are gentle, and if they have to fight, they use their tails, not their horn.
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