A Unicorn?! Check Out This Critter Caught On An Arizona Trail Camera.

Nighttime photo of a young elk with a single horn, making him look like a unicorn.

At night, creatures of all kinds come out to explore. And thanks to the cameras placed around places like Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, we can get glimpses into what goes on while most of us are asleep. In fact, their cameras managed to capture quite an interesting fellow just days ago on November 15. For a brief moment, it appeared as though unicorns exist!


But rather than being a mythical creature, the cameras had spotted a young male elk, which are often referred to as “spikes,” according to the park. Typically, they shed their antlers in late winter or early spring, but this can happen sooner as the result of sparring, poor nutrition, or disease/injuries that affect testosterone levels.

View from behind of a young elk. The image is from nighttime and appears to be in black and white. The elk has one antler, making it seem as though he's a unicorn.

“With the next full moon occurring on November 27th, we’ll be sure to watch for… Pegasuses?!” Petrified Forest National Park wrote on Facebook. “Pegasi?! Whatever the plural term is for flying horses is.”

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