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What is a unicorn?

Unicorn is a legendary creature, which probably never existed, but years ago, people did believe in its existence.

On the royal coat of arms of Britain, there are two creatures on either side of the shield- a loin on one side and unicorn on the other. A unicorn is a strange horse like creature with a long elegant horn on its forehead. Queen Elizabeth the First was supposed to have possessed a unicorn’s horn that was not only worth huge sum of money but was also supposed to have healing powers and could protect people from poison.

There were special rules and methods laid down about capturing a unicorn. A young girl was the effective bait.  The unicorn would lay its head in her lap and the hunters would quietly creep closer to capture the unicorn. 

When Scotland and England were to be united under King James First, England’s heraldic beasts were a loin and a dragon, while Scotland’s were two unicorns. According to the legend, loin and unicorn were deadly enemies. The best way to stop them from killing was to place them on either side of the shield in the coat of the arms. Thus, the loin and unicorn found the place of honour on each side of the British royal coat of arms.

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