One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large one-horned rhinoceros with prominent skin folds and a prehensile upper lip, found in north-eastern India and Nepal.
Rhinoceros unicornis, family Rhinocerotidae
- ‘The biblical unicorn may have been a wild ox, but the great Indian rhinoceros is similar to a unicorn: it has a single horn, usually about 53 cm long, and is among the rarest mammals in the world today.’
- ‘Somewhat later, Marco Polo gave a description of an animal that can be identified as the Indian rhinoceros.’
- ‘Written by a lady who has lived in South East Asia for 30 years, this is a true story about an orphaned elephant ‘adopted’ by an Indian rhinoceros.’
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