The “unicorn-like” single-horned ram discovered in Iceland and that quickly went on to become an internet sensation in April, has been saved from the slaughterhouse.
According to latest reports, the unique ram, who was aptly named Einhyrningur (which means “unicorn” in the Icelandic language), will be put up for auction in the local charities next month.
The decision to auction off the creature was taken after Reykjavik Zoo’s offer of taking it in was rejected due to Iceland’s strict animal movement rules.
Einhyrningur was discovered in Hraunkot sheep farm in Kirkjubæjarklaustur in south Iceland, owned by Erla Þórey Ólafsdóttir.
“He just spent the summer in the fields with the other rams. But he’s a bit of a loner, he gets left out a bit. I don’t know if it’s because he’s different or whether he just chooses to be alone for some reason,” she said, BBC reported.
Since the ram’s birth last year, its two horns grew to fuse together as one, and part just a little at the end. This unique feature sets Einhyrningur apart from the rest of the herd.
“Of course, the horn has grown a lot, and my children are still worried that it will eventually grow into his back because it bends back and forth,” Ólafsdóttir said.
The unique shape of the horn also lends a perpetually unsettling expression on Einhyrningur’s face. So while, it may look like the ram has one horn, it actually has two. “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,” according to the owner.
The overall look of the ram is unlike others of the same species. Once when Einhyrningur was accidentally left on the mountainside when its companion sheep were rounded up for the winter, some farmers crossing the fields at Christmas could not be sure if Einhyrningur was a sheep. They thought that it was a goat, according to BBC.
As Einhyrningur was quite skinny, its owner never counted it…