What was a Unicorn?

Long ago, voyages to distant lands were lengthy and dangerous under takings. Travellers who dared make these trips brought back strange tales of the wonderful sights they had seen.

Often they told of mythical animals, which were both strange and horrible. These tales grew more marvellous each time they were told.

Sailors told of seeing sea-serpents, fearful man-eating creatures which were 60 meters long, 6 meters thick, and had bright blue eyes. Mermaids with long, green hair and shinny, scaly tails were supposed to haunt the seas and lure sailors to destructions.

Travelers said that in the countries they had visited they had seen unicorn had a single, long, twisted horn set in the middle of its forehead. The horn was supposed  to have the magic power to detect poison and was much sought after for drinking cups.

But the unicorn was a mythical animal that never existed, even thought really existed included griffins, animals that were a cross between a lion and an eagle.

The Greek told stories of centaurs, creatures which were half man and half horse. Almost everyone believed in dragons, huge winged serpents that breathed forth fire.

Although modern scientists have tried to explain what some of these mythical creatures really were, no one can explain where people got the idea that unicorns, centaurs, or griffins existed. A unicorn, by the way is still on our English coat arms!

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