Someone Just Spotted The World’s Rarest Animal For The First Time In 15 Years. A Must See.
One of the worlds rarest animals was caught on a trail cam in a dense forest in Vietnam, the “Asian Unicorn.” It hasn’t been seen in the wild for over a decade, scientists and conservationists weren’t sure if it was hunted to extinction for its unique horn. But now we know: the unicorn is back.
The unicorn’s real name is a “saola.” It was spotted in a Vietnamese forest. It hasn’t been spotted in the wild for 15 years.
The saola was photographed by a strategically-placed trail camera in Vietnam’s central Annamite mountains.
Vietnam’s WWF direct Van Ngoc Thinh, said: “When our team first looked at the photos we couldn’t believe our eyes. Saola are the holy grail for South East Asian conservationists so there was a lot of excitement.”
The long-horned ox was discovered in the mountains near Laos in 1992. A joint team of WWF and Vietnam’s forest control agency found a skull with unusual horns in a hunter’s home. Unfortunately, the saola has two horns and isn’t truly a “unicorn.”
However, it will still keep its nickname of the “Asian unicorn.”
It is the first new mammal that has been discovered in 50 years. In an effort to protect the species, the WWF has recruited forest guards to remove snares from the area and battle illegal hunting.
New species are discovered literally every day, so who knows, the standard unicorn may actually exist.
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