Asian Unicorn Confirmed by Scientists
By: Michael Stevens
Published: Sep 19, 2021
In August, the Asian Unicorn was confirmed by scientists. It was captured by residents of a village in the province of Bolikhamxay. As soon as the authorities caught wind of this capture, they sent a reconnaissance team to examine it. Sadly, the adult male died shortly after their arrival. This critically endangered mammal species, is normally found in the mountains of Vietnam and Laos. It was first discovered in 1992. "The death of this saola is unfortunate," stated the Provincial Conservation Unit of Bolikhamxay province. "But at least it confirms an area where it still occurs and the government will immediately move to strengthen conservation efforts there," he added. It resembles antelopes of North Africa, but is more closely related to wild cattle. In addition, despite having two horns, it has been likened to the unicorn according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Conservation experts have never been able to see this animal in the wild. The last confirmed sighting was from camera traps in 1999. There are only a few hundred of these animals that exist throughout the world; it is considered to be critically endangered. Experts from the International Union for Conservation of Nature intend to study the carcass of the mammal to understand how we can keep these animals in captivity.