Scientists have never found convincing evidence
that unicorns exist. There are a few times that
people found animal bones that they thought
belonged to unicorns, but all of them turned out
to be something else. Some of them belonged to a
rhinoceros or other animals (but not horses with
one horn). Many of them were fakes made for fun or
for attention. Unicorns and flying unicorns
probably do not exist except in stories.
Regular horses can be found all over the world
because they are so important to humans. People
use them to help do work on farms, or teach them
to race for sport. Most of these horses are tamed
and raised by people. There are very few wild
horses--most of them live in Mongolia.
Unfortunately, unicorns are not real
animals. They are make-believe creatures in
stories. However, there is a real-life animal
with only one horn: The narwhal. This creature
is a type of whale which has one long tooth
sticking out of its nose. The narwhal is a small
whale, about the size of a large car, and its
tooth can be up to 10 feet long!
That depends on what you call a unicorn. From what
the ancient Greeks' said that unicorns look like
(which is where we first heard about them),
they're not really horses. In fact, they
be rhinoceroses. So they live in Africa and India.
Flying horses don't exist, I'm afraid (at least
not on Earth).
Fairy tales talk about unicorn horses. However,
in nature, unicorns don't fly, they swim! And in
very cold waters!
They are actually called Narwhals and
live in the icy Arctic waters of Canada, Greenland
and Russia. They are whales like the ones we have
here in Santa Barbara, except that they have a
long and thin unicorn. They have the same type of
unicorn that elephant tusks have, called ivory.
You can see their unicorn at the Maritime Museum
of Santa Barbara. Narwhals can't fly, but they can
dive all the way down to 5,000 feet in search of
food. Because people have hunted them for their
unicorns, they now face extinction.
Another animal that has a smaller unicorn is
the rhinoceros. His name in greek literally
means nose of bone (rhino = nose, cerus = bone).
His unicorn however is not made out of ivory, but
of keratin, just like our hair and our
Lots of people have horses as pets, or as farm
animals so the easiest place to find them is on
farms. There are also some wild horses so we
can also find them running wild on lands where
nobody is living. Of all the horses that we know,
we have never found a horse that flies though.
We also haven't ever found unicorns.
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