This is kind of sad. It almost warrants it’s own unicorn chaser.

What might be called a modern unicorn has been produced by Dr. W. F. Dove, University of Maine biologist. From a day-old bull calf, Dr. Dove removed the two small knots of tissue which normally develop into horns. These horn buds he transplanted in the center of the bull’s forehead, thereby inducing the growth of a single massive horn. The bull, now nearly three years old, has developed much of the proud bearing ascribed to the mythical unicorn.

  1. Ermintrude says: August 9, 20079:52 am

    I love the way they call it a ‘modern’ unicorn – as if the bog-standard unicorn is ancient, rather than mythical.

  2. […] (发表于 1936 å¹´ 7 月的 《Popular Science》,摘自 modernmechanix.com) […]

  3. emily. says: May 13, 20088:31 pm

    how cruel!!! how could you do that to a poor defencless cow. how would you like it if i cut stuff out of you and put it in the middle of your head think of how he would be teased by all the other cows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. annie says: July 17, 20081:32 pm

    i love the way, nobody seems to mind the fct that its a COW and not a horse, its really funni

  5. cricoceat says: September 16, 20088:01 pm

    This is mainly to post numbers 3 and 4. For number three- that bull soon became the leader of the herd for its advantage in fighting, instead of clumsy side shots, it could just stab. Also, thhe operation was of course done under anesthesia, and when the calf was only a day old. People babies get circumsized that young, I think a hundred or so pound animal could take a simple skin graft. And to number 4, There are just as many representations of bulls and goats as unicorns as there are those of horses, and the procedure couldn’t have been done on a hornless creature. There’s a good ammount of this information on wikipedia, but it’s lacking in a lot as well.

  6. jaz says: October 12, 200811:01 pm

    cows don’t tease each other they cant speak

  7. […] via: Jason Yanowitz, Modern Mechanix and Weird […]

  8. […] also been used to create one-horned rams and bulls. The most widely known example of the latter is Dr. Dove’s Unicorn Bull, a day-old Ayrshire calf who went under the knife in March of 1933 at the University of Maine. […]

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