This Roe Deer was born in captivity at the research center of the Center of Natural Sciences just outside of Prato, Italy. With a single horn protruding from the center of its skull, Italian scientists believe that the animal either suffers from a unique genetic mutation or that it is a clear sign of the imminent second coming of Christ.

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Special limited edition unicorn votives can be purchased at the Vatican this month only!

Single horned deer are rare, but not unheard of. However it is very unusual for the horn to be in the center of the head. Interestingly the unicorno’s twin brother was born without the mutation.

Grazi to Tommaso Schiavinotto for forwarding this along. Read the original article here, if you know Italian.


  1. #1 Avenel
    June 11, 2008

    Shouldn’t that single antlered, not single horned?

  2. #2 JimNorth
    June 11, 2008

    Dang!! I can’t see the animal in the photo…I must not be a virgin (or female)!!

  3. #3 Bob O'H
    June 12, 2008

    Why does it have to be a mutation? Couldn’t its development have been touched by the Hand of Maradona?

  4. #4 Jenbug
    June 12, 2008

    Dibs when they find a griffin! DIBS! I already called it!

    HA! I will be SO COOL flying over the morning traffic on I-4.

  5. #5 El
    June 12, 2008

    It’s actually grazie. Pronounced (roughly) grATzy-ey. I’m pretty sure it is only in the northern regions of Italy that they don’t pronounce the last e, but that’s how people always say it on television. You, sir, have been watching too much TV.

  6. #6 Tommaso
    June 12, 2008

    Actually in all over Italy we say ‘Grazie’, in northern Italy someone could say something that sounds closer to ‘Grassie’, but I can’t think of some dialect where they use ‘Grazi’.

  7. #7 Andrew
    June 12, 2008

    You guys couldn’t be more confused. I was of course referring to GRAZI – Graphics Association of Zimbabwe


  8. #8 eric
    June 13, 2008

    Well it figures, I mean if you follow the Mayan calendar (and who doesn’t?!) the end of the current world is right around the corner!

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