• Real-Life 'Unicorn' Found; Deer Has Extremely Rare Deformity in Celje, Slovenia
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[t]http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/858/cache/unicorn-lobanja_85822_990x742.jpg[/t] [QUOTE] 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 of the skull," Pokorny, assistant director of the ecological research institute ERICo Velenje, said in an email."However, in the case of this very untypical and interesting buck, both pedicles, which should be separated, grew up together in one large pedicle." [/QUOTE] Welp, i guess my hometown finally hit the news. Source: [url]http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/11/141112-unicorn-deer-slovenia-antlers-science-animals/[/url]
looks more like it's wearing one of those frilly clown hats.
Its a Wizard!.... or has an ice-cream cone upon its head.
I feel like the other deer would have made fun of him a lot.
Awww... ofcourse we killed it, why wouldn't we kill it?
Yo that skull would look great on the cover of a metal album
[QUOTE=Zenreon117;46504626]Awww... ofcourse we killed it, why wouldn't we kill it?[/QUOTE] Going for the weakest animal which has lowest chance of survival is the most natural and and moral way of hunting. Considering the way deer normally use their antlers, this deer would probably have pretty bleak chances of successful mating and would probably die with the antler stuck in antlers of another deer or something.
No photos from before it was killed? Or even before it had all its skin and flesh removed? Really?
[QUOTE=No_Excuses;46504610]I feel like the other deer would have made fun of him a lot.[/QUOTE] They never let poor unicorn play in any roe deer games?
The next Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas album cover found.
'It's not a unicorn, it's a deer with a sword on its head... and it guards my hopes and dreams!'
[QUOTE=Zenreon117;46504626]Awww... ofcourse we killed it, why wouldn't we kill it?[/QUOTE] It would have died really fast in nature and the body would have been lost anyway considering that it's a pretty severe mutation that would have basically nullified its chances of ever mating or surviving a fight with anything.
[QUOTE=Ganerumo;46504825]It would have died really fast in nature and the body would have been lost anyway considering that it's a pretty severe mutation that would have basically nullified its chances of ever mating or surviving a fight with anything.[/QUOTE] If you actually read the article you'd find out you're talking out of your ass.
[QUOTE=millan;46504677]Going for the weakest animal which has lowest chance of survival is the most natural and and moral way of hunting. Considering the way deer normally use their antlers, this deer would probably have pretty bleak chances of successful mating and would probably die with the antler stuck in antlers of another deer or something.[/QUOTE] If it is such a darwinistic invalid, then we could've atleast tranq'd it and brought it to an free range preserve or zoo or something. We coulda made that deer be really happy assuming we didn't lock it in a 10x5 and make it do tricks. [editline]16th November 2014[/editline] And then people could, idk, SEE IT
[QUOTE=Zenreon117;46504962]If it is such a darwinistic invalid, then we could've atleast tranq'd it and brought it to an free range preserve or zoo or something. We coulda made that deer be really happy assuming we didn't lock it in a 10x5 and make it do tricks. [editline]16th November 2014[/editline] And then people could, idk, SEE IT[/QUOTE] you do realize that deer hunting is a necessary and important job, right you also realize that the average hunter is not equipped with a tranq rifle
[QUOTE=Ganerumo;46504825]It would have died really fast in nature and the body would have been lost anyway considering that it's a pretty severe mutation that would have basically nullified its chances of ever mating or surviving a fight with anything.[/QUOTE] Look at it. It literally has a massive spike on its head. If it were to rush at you with that thing you would be in serious trouble.
[QUOTE=Mr. Scorpio;46505005]you do realize that deer hunting is a necessary and important job, right you also realize that the average hunter is not equipped with a tranq rifle[/QUOTE] I hunt deer too, and I realize that people don't usually bring a tranq on a normal hunt. But if I saw this thing, i'll be damned if I wouldn't go back to town, buy some tranqs or something or call up the local wildlife authorities. One does not simply shoot a unicorn.
[QUOTE=Zenreon117;46505155]One does not simply shoot a unicorn.[/QUOTE] Hammer it? [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/i0q1Y.gif[/IMG]
They must have killed it for it's blood.
I'm willing to bet this isn't the first time a mutation like this has occurred, and could have been the basis for the legend a very long time ago. Perhaps even on a stag or something, and spotted out in the distance and thought to be a horse?
Found a pic of the hunter. [img]http://www.timeout.com/img/10129031/w400/image.jpg[/img]
[QUOTE=millan;46504677]Going for the weakest animal which has lowest chance of survival is the most natural and and moral way of hunting. Considering the way deer normally use their antlers, this deer would probably have pretty bleak chances of successful mating and would probably die with the antler stuck in antlers of another deer or something.[/QUOTE] You have no idea if this mutation was beneficial or not. For all we know the Deer could have developed a strategy of charging at other deer, or used its horn as leverage and break the other's antlers off...
[QUOTE=Zenreon117;46504626]Awww... ofcourse we killed it, why wouldn't we kill it?[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=millan;46504677]Going for the weakest animal which has lowest chance of survival is the most natural and and moral way of hunting. Considering the way deer normally use their antlers, this deer would probably have pretty bleak chances of successful mating and would probably die with the antler stuck in antlers of another deer or something.[/QUOTE] While Millan summed it up very well, I'd also like to point out that we don't know the circumstances of the hunter killing it. For all we know, him and his family are poor and the deer will supply the majority, if not all of their meat for weeks or months to come. Perhaps he couldn't tell from the angle of the shot that the deer only had one antler (as the best way to take a shot on a game animal is from the side, where the profile wouldn't tell anyone but the most experienced that the deer only had one antler) The question I want to ask is why in the world did he preserve the trophy as just the skull. I would have tried to get it preserved and/or taken it to a taxidermist so that the skin and fur was still on the head. As just a skeleton it looks silly and fake but I bet it looked much better with hair and features.
Well if we're diving into the realm of explanations, it could simply be that the hunter didn't have the money to. A deer head mount is like $300-$400 or so depending on where you go and what kind of quality you want, where simply bleaching a skull is dirt cheap and can be done by anybody.
I suppose. But at the same time I bet he could have gotten it done for free or gotten someone else to pay for it solely for the oddity/rarity. I know a slaughterhouse worker not far from where I live that does taxidermy who would certainly preserve that head for free because it's a 'unicorn' But then again a taxidermist in Florida is not going to be much help to a Slovenian
Why's the other thing white and the other thing's totally not white? I call the bullshit card.
i'm calling hoax until we get a pre-death picture
[QUOTE=Bat-shit;46506369]Why's the other thing white and the other thing's totally not white? I call the bullshit card.[/QUOTE] Because while both the skull and antlers are calcium-based bone (indeed, the antler(s) are an extension of the skull of animals that have them) when you bleach an animal's skull you do not bleach the antlers, as it takes away from the 'aesthetics' For example: [img]http://theathleterx.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/deer.jpg[/img] As far as the shit growing around the base of the antler above the skull, as you can see here [t]http://www.photobotos.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/deer-rut.jpg[/t] That is a part of the antler. It is exposed bone of the skull that sort of 'anchors' the antlers to the skin/flesh of the animal's head and vice versa so that it's a part of both, not just the skull.
[QUOTE=No_Excuses;46504610]I feel like the other deer would have made fun of him a lot.[/QUOTE] I dunno, deer tend use antlers in fights for dominance. Do you wanna go toe to toe with the deer with a spike?
[QUOTE=GunFox;46506527]I dunno, deer tend use antlers in fights for dominance. Do you wanna go toe to toe with the deer with a spike?[/QUOTE] Actually, I'd imagine that the single spike would be more of a liability than an advantage. Having two antlers means a lower distribution of the force of impact between each antler. Only having one would mean the entire force of the impact hits the single antler, and while it does look VERY thick, antlers are notoriously brittle. I don't think it would be out of the question for a deer with two antlers to be able to 'grab' the single one with their rack and twist to break it off. Also, we don't really know about the strength or condition of the single antler either. Like the article said, they can form for a variety of reasons, mostly occurring from disease or damage to the area of the skull the rack forms from before it comes in. It's possible that the bone structure is weaker than regular antlers. Or stronger.
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