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A unfeasibly rare two-horned "unicorn" has been sighted for the first time in ten years in the remote mountain forests of the Far East. Unfortunately the creature was captured by local villagers and died before international unicorn boffins could reach the scene. The rare saola (or 'unicorn') of the Annamite mountains. Credit …

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  1. Bernard M. Orwell Silver badge
    FAIL

    Uni?

    Surely this is a Duocorn, as it has two horns. I mean, who decided it was a Unicorn? It's just a rare deer! It's not even a damned horse!

    Do I really have to send you a copy of the Monster Manual?

    1. LinkOfHyrule
      Happy

      I'm calling it

      I'm calling it a Bicorn!

      If it were to have three horns, it would be a demolished shopping centre in Portsmouth!

    2. sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD
      Jobs Horns

      "who decided it was a Unicorn?"

      <- Uh... He did.

    3. PikeyDawg
      Coat

      Twonicorn?

      Sounds better than it looks on paper :/

      Mines the one with the funny nose and mustache glasses...

  2. NightFox
    Thumb Up

    Wow!

    Not only a unicorn, but a unicorn with two horns! Whatever next? What other semi-mythical creatures are out there... a centaur with the torso and head of a horse? Cerberus with one head? A wingless griffin with the head of a lion?

    The world is truly a magical place.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Coat

      That's nothing.

      Only this morning in the courtyard I saw a horse with two heads and two bodies.

  3. TeeCee Gold badge
    Joke

    Answer the important question!

    What did it taste like?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      taste

      taste like dodo

    2. Lottie

      It tasted

      like this:

      http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/unicorn-meat.shtml

    3. Bonce

      Tastes like Bicorn

      (bacon)

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Happy

        not just bacon

        bacon sarnie

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    foolish

    "Now it appears that a single adult male saola has once again wandered into contact with humanity"

    and Died! Humanity 0

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Pfff!

      Humanity: 1

      Communist Terrorist Unicorn: 0

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It was a Qilin

    and now his village will now prosper because he had capture one.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    so what was he doing in the sacred woods anyway?

    see title

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

      Looking for sacred cows, obviously.

  7. Dave White
    WTF?

    eh?

    Isn't this The Register?

    WTF 'cos... WTF???

  8. Code Monkey

    2-horned unicorn?

    Presumably it's also a four legged biped.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      A rare beast indeed !

      Well I for one enjoyed the Barnum and Bailey style description. Not just a very rare unicorn but the even rarer two horned variant.

      As Barnum said "the public appears disposed to be amused even when they are conscious of being deceived."

  9. JaitcH
    Unhappy

    Unfortunately the locals don't respect flora and fauna

    Most of the recent revelations of new/rare species are being made by foreign scientists and biologists in Southeast Asia. The local population are more pragmatic - is it good for eating or on the end of a chain for tourists to gawk at?

    VietNam's wilder jungles have revealed rare monkey species, heretofore unknown frogs, snakes and plants. There are German research groups permanently based in Ha Long Bay.

    Laos, being about 30 years behind VietNam in development , also suffers from near war-like conditions between the Laos military and the indigenous H'Mong tribes, many of whom have been forced to live a nomadic life in the forests. See: < http://c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000qrUDnpQSM2Q/s >, < http://www.spkhousing.com/Images/HmongResistanceCamp.jpg >. There some pictures of extreme violence but most people have trouble viewing them.

    Hopefully the next time a rare saola is seen the Laotians will get the experts involved first, which risks military antagonism..

  10. Rogerborg

    If we're happy to be one horn off

    Next time report that they captured a triceratops.

  11. Thomas 4

    Greetings sir

    The laos saola are extincting. Please send monies for non-extincting to ladsfromlaos@419. scam

  12. There's a bee in my bot net
    WTF?

    "Dragon"

    So putting the word Unicorn in quotes means it can be used in any context?

    For example Look at this "Dragon"... http://blogs.westword.com/demver/kitten.JPG

    What a load of asscorn

    1. Graham Marsden
      Coat

      Now that's...

      ... "scary"!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      laos

      ≠ Lagos

      1. TeeCee Gold badge
        Grenade

        Re: laos

        Why the FAIL?

        I think *everyone* knows that Laos <> Lagos, except 419ers who rather famously canot speel to sarve thier forken leaves.

  13. peyton?

    Reminds me of the animal

    Ashitaka, in Princes Mononoke, rides around on.

    1. OffBeatMammal

      watch out for the iron miners

      the Elk does look similar, but redder.

      Good spotting :)

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Unhappy

      Yakul

      And red deer taste like chicken.

  14. David Gosnell

    Reminds me...

    ... of a few years back when a friend gleefully (and in complete innocence) pointed out a "three-wheeled quad bike".

    1. Sceptic Tank
      Linux

      Reminds *me*...

      ... of the time when I was sitting in a SUSE Linux presentation and the presenter changed his settings so that one could alt-tab (or whatever -- solder wires together perhaps?) using an "8-sided cube".

      (Amazing what these Lunix people will do to promote their product. Even their cube is better than the Windows one).

  15. John Tserkezis

    Good to see the human domination project coming along.

    If it ain't human, kill it.

    For that matter, if IS human, kill it anyway just in case.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Happy

    hmm....

    What dit it taste like?

  17. max allan

    Maybe it strangled?

    Looking at the picture, it's got cord around it's neck. Maybe the people who found it haven't got the message about death by strangulation...

  18. John H Woods Silver badge

    if it's got four legs and isn't a chair

    google title if necessary

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Headmaster

    I want to see

    The feasibility study on the rarity of this animal.

  20. stu 19

    Died before .......

    Hmm, wonder how it tasted off the spit then?

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