Unicorns are such special creatures that many different cultures have written about them throughout history. These amazing beasts can be found anywhere in the world, becausethey live in the wonderful realms of the imagination. They live in our hearts and minds, in our books, our films and our pictures.
The internet is full of pictures and videos of unicorns. We love to read about them and watch them. If you are lucky you may have seen one before, looking around the boundaries of the imagination and into the real world.
Unicorns hiding in the forests
A lot of unicorns live in the forests, where there are a lot of berries, nuts and fruits to eat. Trees provide them with shelter from wind and rain and help them hide from predators.
Unicorns are often thought to live in forests.
A unicorn galloping proudly in the forest accompanied by a fairy peering behind a tree.
Unicorns are shy creatures, so they like being able to disappear quickly if someone they don’t want to see go their own way. They can blend into the shadows of forests and disappear faster than thought.
These amazing beasts are so agile that they can effortlessly dodge and dart around tall trunks. This makes it easy for them to outrun anyone who tries to follow them. Their strong legs and nimble hooves prevent them from tripping over uneven ground or tree roots.
We all know the mystical images of unicorns grazing at dawn, perhaps sipping cool water by a lake. Surrounded by the dark trunks of ancient trees, they seem to glow in the dim light. The age of forests may increase the chances of unicorns living there. The trees are full of wisdom and memory, and unicorns can find peace and solitude there.
Unicorns are said to live in the mountains, where they can feed on the tops of rainbows. The unicorns don’t have wings, so it makes sense that they need to climb mountains to be able to appreciate this rare delicacy. Rainbows are not common, so many unicorns congregate when there is one for food.
The Unicorn Peak. One of the many mountains where unicorns roam.
The Unicorn Peak In Washington, United States. Maybe you can spot a unicorn?
The unicorns in the mountains must be particularly agile so as not to trip over treacherous rocks and difficult trails. They will have less space to hide, so they will have to be more vigilant in case someone gets near. Running away is not that easy on top of a mountain.
If you’ve ever seen how mountain goats are able to climb over an almost steep cliff, you’ll get a feel for how unicorns can climb when they need to. With the sunlight flashing on their shiny coats, they can evade even the fastest predators on the mountain.
The mountains offer caves where unicorns can hide and shelter from bad weather. The unicorns that live in the mountains often have one or two different caves they retreat to when they feel threatened or when there’s a storm brewing. There is no rainbow to eat when it rains hard, so they can go and rest until the bad weather passes and there is sunshine to mingle with the rain.
A meadow is perhaps the most obvious place to imagine a unicorn living. The green hills and gently rolling valleys are ideal for grazing animals of all kinds. Wildflower meadows positively invite these silver creatures to roll around and sunbathe. With butterflies, crickets and little birds, how could a place be more perfect for a peaceful creature like a unicorn?
Unicorn living in the meadows.
The open spaces of the prairies also give unicorns the chance to do what they do better than any animal in the world: run. We have all seen horses galloping across a vast expanse of land. We have seen how horses’ muscles twist and sag, and how their manes and tails flow in the wind tasting their freedom and power.
A unicorn is much faster than a horse. They are the fastest of all creatures; they can dive through open grasslands as fast as rivers, glistening like silver in the sun. Effortlessly, they can travel for miles in moments, barely leaving a footprint in the grass behind them.
In the meadows, there is more space for the unicorns to herd, and there is plenty to eat. Sweet grass in the sun is perfect for unicorns, and there are plenty of them. Unicorns, young and old, can survive here. There are no difficult cliffs, but they cannot reach the top of the rainbows to munch on.
Unfortunately, the prairies do not have much shelter for unicorns. There are no trees or caves to hide in. If the weather is bad, many unicorns will need to get out of the meadows and find a place where they can rest without getting wet or cold. Maybe it’s in a surrounding forest.
When the sun rises again, you can be sure that the unicorns will be back to mow the grass and strutting around in the heat. On clear nights, they like to go to bed late and watch the stars, maybe doze off in the moonlight and enjoy the cool grass beneath their bodies.
Other Unicorns of the World
You may have heard of the unicorn ambushes that also roam our world. In the past, we took some of them for unicorns. Marco Polo thought rhinos were unicorns. He was very disappointed that they didn’t look like what he had imagined. If you compare a shelled rhino to the slender white beauty of a unicorn, you might understand why!
The rhino has been compared to the unicorn because of its single horn, but it’s hard to see what else he might have had in common. Rhinos aren’t silvery or white, they don’t have flowing manes, and their heavy, armored bodies aren’t agile. They are beautiful animals in their own right, but Marco Polo probably wasn’t the only one who thought they didn’t look exactly like he expected unicorns.
Narwhals are the closest animals we can see right now that look like unicorns, and I think they’re beautiful creatures. This is also the reason why we have already written a separate article on narwhals and their relationship to unicorns. They are sleek and agile, and stunning pure white in the deep ocean waters. They live in icy seas, gather in large family herds and play sports with their « cornes« , which are now more often called » tusks « .
The quiet grace with which they drift in the water can easily be compared to the agility and elegance of a unicorn on earth. Their ability to vanish into the depths is a lot like a unicorn’s ability to vanish. Finally, they seem to belong to two worlds at the same time, existing between the air to breathe and the water to swim in, just as unicorns are often able to transcend the boundaries between worlds.
Many people sought to own narwhal horns, believing that they could bring the luck and healing associated with unicorn horns. It was not good for the narwhals, which were hunted, trapped and killed. The horns of narwhals were still sold as unicorn horns until 1741. I pity the narwhals!
Narwhals are often referred to as unicorns of the sea.
Narwhals may have inspired part of the story of The Last Unicorn. In this story, the unicorns were thrown into the sea by an evil king who wanted to keep them all to himself, because looking at them was the only thing that brought him joy. The unicorns were trapped in the waves, afraid to come out.
Maybe when you look at the sea you can see some unicorns dancing in the waves. It’s a beautiful place for them, full of fun and energy, but also dangerously powerful and unpredictable. The sea is wild and impossible to catch, so unicorns can feel very comfortable here, safe in the waves and visible for moments in the sparkling foam that rises and crashes on the beaches.
If unicorns live among the waves, that would explain why they are so hidden from our world. The deep waters hold many mysteries that we have yet to unravel, and the water’s ever-changing wilderness would be perfect for protecting these beautiful creatures from evil.
Maybe the next time you’re at sea or playing on a beach, you’ll notice the sparkling sheen of a pearly coat or the sheen of silver hooves, and you know the unicorns are in play against the sand.