Iranian (Persian) Unicorns
onocerus Tyrannus, now generally believed to be extinct, was the largest of all modern unicorns.This unicorn of ancient Persia, the fierce and ferocious karkadann, was a terrible beast that could attack and kill even an elephant!
No other animals could graze in the karkadann's territory. The only creature allowed close to him was the ringdove, whose gentle calls the Karkadann found incredibly soothing so that he would allow the ring dove to actually perch on his horn and would even lie peacefully for hours on end beneath a tree where the doves were singing.
This unicorn inhabited the grassy plains and deserts of India and Persia, perhaps even extending to northeastern Africa, and whenever it appeared it was greatly respected for its enormous strength and ferocity. Most reports of its appearance are garbled and exaggerated, for it was often confused with the rhinoceros. However, the karkadann probably most closely resembled an oryx, which is a large and beautiful type of antelope.
Its greatest enemy was the elephant, which it often fought, and it likewise did not hesitate to attack a rhinoceros. Its call is generally described as a deep, powerful bellow that carried for long distances. He was active all year, and was usually found near sources of water.
The Karkadann's footprints and spoor was similar to the other unicorns but larger. The body of the karkadann was as large as that of a rhinoceros, and it had a tail like that of a lion.
Each of its feet had two or even three hooves, and from its forehead a black horn emerged, which was twisted in the form of a spiral. Its voice was so loud and bellowing that when the karkadann called, all the birds and other animals fled. When it ran, the earth shook. Few animals were willing to stand up to such a creature, and normally even elephants would flee at the sight of a karkadann. Although it was very dangerous to come close to a Karkadann, sometimes cooing like a ring dove might make him tame enough to approach.