Farmers find ‘unicorn’ among their sheep in Iceland

Erla Porey Olafsdottir’s sheep normally have two horns. On one ram, however, these appear to have fused into one, forking only a little at the end, thus matching the Latin origins of the word – uni and cornu – “single horn”. To be doubly sure though, Erla’s family have also named him Einhyrningur, “unicorn” in Icelandic.

The Iceland Monitor website reported that Einhyrningur was accidentally left on the mountainside when other sheep were rounded up for the winter. Farmers who spotted him at Christmas were not sure what he was at first, and thought he might be a goat.

“The horns stretch his face, particularly around the eyes so he always seems to be a bit surprised. He kind of looks like people that have had a facelift,” Erla was quoted as saying.

His unique looks might well also save him from the usual farmyard end. The Ice News website reported that his owners did not rate him as a breeding sheep as he was “skinny”, and had only planned to let him live till next spring. But the Iceland Monitor says he may now find a new life at Reykjavik Zoo.


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