Unicorns and the reason for their extinction.
A long time ago, unicorns were quite popular. They were known in China, Japan and Indonesia as
Unicornus sinoensis, in Europe as Unicornus europa and in the British Isles as
Unicornus alba. In the old literature of these nations, there are many detailed writings about this beautiful
animals, they ways of life and ways of hunting them. According to these writings, the unicorn quite resembles a horse in its build. It has the legs of an antelope, the tail of a horse or a lion and the face of a donkey. From the
center of its forehead, grows a sharp, straight, spiral shaped horn that is dangerous for it's hunters, but extremely attractive due to its powers in preventing and treating all kinds of poisons and poisonings. It is an immensely aggressive animal that would charge at any enemy with its sharp horn. It was so fierce, that even elephants were scared of it, and for this reason hunting for unicorns was a very risky business. The method of hunting that was used consisted of the hunter standing in front of a large tree and waiting motionlessly for the unicorn to charge at full speed. At the last
moment the hunter would move and cause the unicorn to embed its horn in the tree, thereby getting stuck. The helpless unicorn then became the victim of the hunter.
Unfortunately, the hunter did not always manage to move in time, and would fall prey to the
unicorn and also get stuck to the tree.
(presumably) Giorgione (c. 1500)
embroidery from church in Adelshausen (c. 1310-1320)
from publications of