How to Catch a Unicorn

Unicorns could only be captured by a trap. The trap bait had to be a female virgin or maiden, preferably beautiful. It seems the magical creatures could sense that somehow.

When the unicorn came upon the “fair maid” sitting alone–apparently–he couldn’t help himself. He had to approach her and put his head in her lap where he promptly fell asleep. The maiden would usually bind him with her own girdle.

The hunters would advance from behind the trees and bind the poor unicorn. They would put it in a zoo or menagerie after sawing off its horn. The horn would be made into an anti-poison wine cup for royalty.

Even the wild unicorn couldn’t keep its wits around a beautiful woman!

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Unicorns: Anatomy 101

Unicorns have fascinated me from age 7.

They differ from white horses in other respects than the single horn of spiraled ivory in the middle of their foreheads. Like goats, both the males and females have beards and cloven hooves rather than solid hooves like true horses.

Another interesting anatomical difference, is their tufted tails, that resemble those of lions or oxen rather than horses.

Unicorns prefer only to be touched by pure and innocent people. Because they can outrun cheetahs, they can only be caught by trickery.

To be continued tomorrow…