JAKARTA – The appearance of a one-horned horse, aka a unicorn, is only considered a fictional legend. However, a camera in the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, United States captured an image of an animal that looks a lot like a unicorn.
Two black and white photos show a large, furry animal with curved horns extending from its head. The photos are from late October when the moon was shining brightly. “The full moon brings out the unicorns,” wrote the Petrified Forest National Park on Facebook, some time ago, quoted by Forbes.
However, it turned out that the upload was nothing more than a joke. Petrified Forest National Park staff explained that the animal caught on camera turned out to be a young male deer that only had one antler.
“Antler recovery usually occurs in late winter or early spring, but early antler loss can be caused by fighting, poor nutrition, or disease/injury that affects testosterone levels,” the National Park said.
This suggests the buck may have been involved in a fight or may be experiencing some health issues.
Unicorns in mythology and popular culture are often depicted as horse-like creatures, but sometimes they can look more like donkeys or goats or even stranger animals. The defining feature of a unicorn is its single horn. The stag caught on camera meets that requirement. This deer is still young, so its antlers are not as branched as those of older males. It makes him look like a unicorn.
Petrified Forest National Park is famous for its beautiful views and ancient fossils, especially wood that has turned into quartz. This national park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including horse deer, pronghorn antelope, and stags.