Real-Life 'Unicorn' Found; Deer Has Extremely Rare Deformity
A roe deer shot in Slovenia has a single antler that makes it look exactly like a unicorn.
It looks like it just walked out of a fairy tale, but this deer with a single, unicorn-like antler is the real thing.
Shot by a hunter in Celje, Slovenia (map), in August, the roe deer has an extremely rare type of antler deformity, likely caused by an injury early in the antlers' development. Such injuries are common in deer and often lead to antler abnormalities, including bizarrely shaped racks.
The abnormal antler on this Slovenian "unicorn" is so unusual that scientist Boštjan Pokorny, who verified the animal's authenticity, said he's never seen anything like it in nature.
"In this species, only males grow antlers, which are bilateral and usually symmetrical bone structures that appear from two antler pedicles, i.e. extensions