Unicorns are incredible creatures, we all want to know more about them. These mythical beasts hide a lot of secrets in their past, and many more in the way they live their daily lives, so there is always a lot to learn about them ! 🐎
If you’ve ever wanted to become an expert on unicorns, you’ve come to the right place, because we’re going to examine these incredible creatures in detail here ! 🐴
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HISTORICAL FACTS ABOUT UNICORNS
1) Many of the ancient unicorns had not the body of a horse, but rather the form of a rhinoceros or an ox. Their graceful and delicate image was a later development.
2) Unicorns represented many different things, including innocence, purity, freedom and power. They have also been the symbol of men and women over time.
3) Unicorns were used as an allegory of Christ’s life, representing his innocence, healing powers, and immortality.
4) These amazing mythical creatures were so highly regarded that unicorn horns were highly sought after. The horns that were sold usually belonged to narwhals or rhinoceroses, but they would fetch high prices from wealthy nobles who thought they brought them good luck, healed them, or gave them the power to flee.
5) Many different cultures came up with the idea of unicorns independently of each other. Most legends differed in one way or another. For example, the Chinese unicorn, the Qilin, has the body of a lion or a deer. They all share the common characteristic of the horn, however.
6) The unicorn is the symbol of Scotland and was first associated with the country around the 15th century.
7) When Scotland joined England, the unicorn was retained as part of the emblem, now sharing its space with the English lion.
8) It was believed that only a virgin or maiden of great purity could approach, tame or trap a unicorn because it prevailed over any aggressive attack.
9) Unicorns were the fastest creatures in the world, capable of outrunning any other animal, including the fastest horses.
10) Many unicorns in medieval history are depicted in chains because they were thought to be very dangerous. These mythical beasts were considered extremely powerful and if you look at the paintings of the time, you will see that artists often focused on their ferocity. It was a far cry from the delicate and gentle creature that we associate with unicorns today !
1) Unicorns derive most of their power from their beautiful spiral horns. These are magical, and without them the unicorns cannot do anything mystical.
2) Their horns have healing power. A touch heals a wound or gives life to someone who is seriously ill. Unicorns cannot raise the dead, but they can heal deadly diseases.
3) Unicorn blood can also heal. In the Harry Potter series, it was said to prolong life and to be extremely powerful.
4) Unicorn horns can bring good luck to anyone who touches them. Remember that you should only touch a unicorn horn if the unicorn is bowing towards you, otherwise you may bring bad luck.
5) These beautiful creatures can move from one world to another, ignoring the boundaries that most creatures cannot cross. This, coupled with their amazing speed, makes them impossible to catch. If you’ve ever seen one, you’re in luck!
6) Unicorns are now often able to fly. Traditionally, unicorns were not able to take to the air, but this began to change around the 1970s, when artists started drawing unicorns with wings. Now even non-winged unicorns are able to fly, perhaps using the energy from their horns.
7) Mythical equids can also guide people through their dreams. Appearing to be a companion and a comforter, they help people when they face difficulties, and push them on the right path.
8) Today’s unicorns can change colour, swaying between all the shades of the rainbow, and glittering at the limits of the imagination. They are really adaptable, but many young people have trouble changing colors and can end up looking a bit silly !
FACTS ABOUT REAL UNICORNS
1) The Siberian unicorn was a creature that roamed Kazakhstan only 30,000 years ago. It was a form of giant rhinoceros.
2) The Siberian unicorn was heavy and woolly, with a tail like a bull; not quite as we imagine unicorns today! Such a coat is better suited to cold climates, while legendary unicorns prefer sunny meadows.
3) The Siberian unicorn was more than 1.80 m tall. Even the tallest of the legendary unicorns would feel like a dwarf next to one of these great creatures! They are very beautiful, however, and their extinction is a great loss to the world. We need more unicorns!
4) Narwhals may have inspired the modern unicorn. With their long graceful horns and ability to reach deep into the depths of icy seas, there are obvious connections between them.
5) Narwhals use their horns in gentle fencing fights, but they are not aggressive creatures. They gather in families, like legendary unicorns, and frolic together in the ocean.
FACTS ABOUT UNICORNS FOR CHILDREN
1) Baby unicorns are often called foals, just like baby horses. A unicorn girl would be called a “filly”, while a boy would be called a “foal”.
2) Sometimes baby unicorns are called “sparkles” because they are so pure and beautiful.
3) Their horns at birth are covered with very soft hair and are not visible until they are a few days old. A small sparkle on their forehead is the first you will see from their horns.
4) Unicorns grow more slowly than normal humans or horses. They live so long that their babies don’t stay long.
5) Just like you, young unicorns like to play with their friends. They grow up with many other unicorns, so they have many choices for their playmates. They play all kinds of different games, such as hide-and-seek, tagging, and petting apples if they live near a water source. What are your favourite games? Unicorns may well play them too!
6) Unicorns love to eat rainbows. This applies to both adults and young people. Rainbows are a bit like chocolate cookies for them. They have to run fast to catch a rainbow before it goes out, but if they are fast enough, they can cheerfully nibble the bright colours and fill their bellies.
7) Unicorns should not have sugar. Although unicorns love rainbow-coloured foods, they cannot digest sugar, so if you want to feed unicorns, try to choose things that they would naturally find in nature. They can have berries, nuts and seeds, so you can make a nice mix from those to put in your garden. By leaving sugar out of your mix, you will also make sure you don’t hurt the birds or animals that share the unicorns’ food.
8) Unicorns make rainbow poop! It’s a bit silly, but it’s true! Unicorns love to fill their bellies with all kinds of good food, and they are so magical that they must also be a little magical. If you’ve ever seen a pile of rainbow droppings while walking, you’ll know there are unicorns nearby!
9) Pegasus are not unicorns, but they are closely related and can reproduce. When they do, their babies will have wings and horns, which will make them even more powerful and beautiful. If you see one, you are very lucky.
OTHER INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE UNICORN
1) The term “unicorn” is used to refer to technology start-ups that are valued by investors at more than $1 billion. It is used for its connotations of scarcity and value, but calling a startup “unicorn” may also suggest that it is mythical, and that its value is exaggerated.
2) In 2017, Starbucks created a “unicorn” Frappuccino, but it was only available for a limited time. Bright pink with blue swirls, this drink certainly captured the magical and mystical aura of unicorns, and the blue and pink splinters on the white trim made the look perfect. It was meant to change colour when mixed, and to satisfy the passion of any unicorn enthusiast for mythical equines.
3) April 9th is National Unicorn Day. This day is all about finding a little happiness and magic in everyday life, and preparing a few rainbow snacks along the way!
4) Unicorns have become a major symbol for the LGBTQ+ community. Their glow and happiness has become a symbol of power for these oppressed minorities, and we are pretty sure that unicorns are happy to be of service.
5) A narwhal tusk was presented to Queen Elizabeth in 1577, and is still considered a national treasure.
6) Finally, our favourite Unicorn Fact : a group of unicorns is known as a blessing. If that doesn’t beautifully represent all that we feel about these amazing creatures, what does !
10) Unicorn babies have bright blue eyes that shine like stars. They love to go to bed late and watch the sunset, but they also need to sleep! Just like humans, young unicorns can be restless and cranky if they don’t get enough sleep.
11) Unicorns often live in deep forests, where they can hide among the trees if they are approached by someone they do not want to see.
12) Forest unicorns live mainly on grass, fruit and nuts that fall from the trees around them. They are agile and can jump over tree roots and around tree trunks without difficulty.
13) Other unicorns live on top of mountains. They are also extremely agile, able to climb almost steep cliffs in search of tasty pieces.
14) Mountain unicorns are very fond of eating rainbows, and they will feast on them whenever they get the chance. Rainbows are difficult to catch, so they must be fast!
15) Some unicorns live in open meadows, where they can test their maximum speed. They are among the fastest, as they can practice running without obstacles to sneak in and waddle around.
16) Meadow unicorns graze mostly on sweetgrass and like to forage by starlight on clear nights.
17) Unicorns live in herds for protection and companionship. They are very sociable creatures and usually spend a lot of time together, although some prefer their own company.
18) Solitary unicorns are often older and wiser. They have a flock, but may spend long periods away from it, asking questions of the stars and studying the universe.
19) Unicorns get up just before dawn, and tend to drink from the nearest water source as soon as the mist clears.
20) Most unicorns sleep at night, dreaming under the stars, as people do. They fall asleep shortly after sunset and rest close together.
21) Adult unicorns care for their young as a group, all working to ensure that the babies are safe, well-fed and happy. This means that if one of the adults is separated from the herd or leaves the herd for a period of time, its young will be taken care of.
- It is so easy to spend hours marvelling at the beauty and majesty of unicorns. They are such complex creatures, and they have so much history to look at and explore. Over time, the legends about them have changed and expanded, and they have grown with the human race, adapting to our imagination.
- Have we forgotten any important facts that you think should be included here? Let us know! We are still learning, and better understanding these great creatures makes us very happy.
- One thing is certain: no matter how they change or what we learn about them, unicorns will always retain an air of mystery and magic, and we wouldn’t want it any other way !
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