Unicorn Deer Found in Italy

A single unicorn buck was found in Italy

Well, it’s not a white-tailed deer and it’s not located in the US, but a yearling (1 1/2-year old) Roe Deer was spotted in Italy with only a single antler protruding from the center of it’s head! The director of the Center of Natural Sciences in Prato told the press:

“This is fantasy becoming reality. The unicorn has always been a mythological animal.”

The 1-year-old buck, who not coincidentally is nicknamed “Unicorn,” was born in captivity in the research center’s park in the Tuscan town of Prato, near Florence. Obviously, the buck was born with a genetic flaw because his twin, like other Roe bucks, has two horns.

Single-horned deer are rare but not unheard of — but even more unusual is the central positioning of the horn. The location of the horn is probably the result of trauma early in the animal’s life, but the scientific director of Rome’s zoo said:


“Generally, the horn is on one side (of the head) rather than being at the center. This looks like a complex case. This shows that even in past times, there could have been animals with this anomaly. It’s not like they dreamed it up.”

Photos of a Normal Roe Buck and Doe:

Roe Deer BuckRoe deer doe


2 Replies to “Unicorn Deer Found in Italy”

  1. To the author: This is a great story. It made my day. However, there is a small mistake in your article. You said that “Obviously, the buck was born with a genetic flaw because his twin, like other Roe bucks, has two horns.” If his twin is identical, then they have the same genetics, so it would have to be other factors causing unicornism. However, if the two twins were from different uterine horns, your statement is valid. Sorry for being so nitpicky, but it really bugged me.

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