Real 'Unicorn' Puts Starbucks Frappuccino to Shame

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A baseball fan wearing a unicorn mask takes a picture of himself with his phone as he attends the Interleague MLB game between the San Diego Padres and the Toronto Blue Jays in San Diego, California, on June 2, 2013. Mike Blake/Reuters

Amid the highly Instagrammable sludge of a million Starbucks Unicorn Frappucinos, one true champion has emerged: a one-horned creature that was recently found in Iceland.

Farmers at the Hraunkot farm in southern Iceland spotted a ram with one horn in the mountains, the Iceland Monitor reported Monday, and he has been named Einhyrningur, which translates to "unicorn."

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"The shepherds saw him through binoculars and had no idea what this thing was," his owner, Erla Þórey Ólafs­dótt­ir, told the Monitor. "Thought at first it was a billy goat with this high horn. Then when they got closer they saw it to be a sheep, with such a peculiar horn. Both horns grow together like one and split at the end."

Icelandic sheep, known for their milk, coats and meat, are one of the few remaining breeds in Europe that are regularly born with four horns, according to the Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America. That means, even in a country of more than 800,000 sheep, an animal with only one horn is rare.

"He's just a unique phenomenon," Ólafs­dótt­ir added.

But Einhyrningur isn't the first so-called unicorn to make headlines. In 2014, a hunter in Celje, Slovenia, shot and killed a roe deer that had a deformity that made its horns fuse together into one. Then, last year, a study in the American Journal of Applied Sciences disclosed that scientists had uncovered a fossil in Kazakhstan that showed the Siberian unicorn was alive as late as 29,000 years ago, CNN reported. The timeline meant humans may have lived with the animals, which were 15 feet long and 6 feet tall. 

Perhaps the most breaking unicorn news, however, came in 2012, when archeologists in North Korea claimed they'd located a "lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong," who founded the ancient region of Koguryo. The den was said to be near Pyongyang, the nation's capital, and helpfully marked with "a rectangular rock carved with [the] words 'Unicorn Lair,'" according to reports cited by the Guardian.

Someone alert Lisa Frank.