on the nourishment of unicorns
lthough unicorns can be found all over the world, because of their magicality, a viewer must needs be aware in order to see them. The adage "if you can see it you will believe it" is reversed here - one has to believe in unicorns before it is possible to see one!
The most likely time to see one is when they are absorbed in grazing. Being strictly vegetarian, they will often come closer than normal if they get a whiff of some delicious morsel for the taking.
Our planet offers a seasonal abundance that all creatures may share, and though the unicorn may wholly refrain from eating and yet still be sound and strong, these fey creatures, by preference, feed on the most luscious and delicate foods to be found. Fern shoots, soft mosses, herbs, flowers and tender young leaves are their staples in spring and summer, while in winter they rest more and can go for longer periods without eating. However, they survive in many remote and harsh regions where food is not easily found and where choices are perhaps less appetizing. Lavender is one of their most favourite foods.
aturally in remote frozen regions they have a very limited diet feeding primarily on the bark of certain trees, lichens,mosses and the hardy shrub plants generally found in such areas.
They have been known to lick certain rocks, cave faces, stalagtites and stalagmites where there are nutrients to be found that supplement their diet. Minerals are important to the health and strength of unicorns, and are fortunately easily obtained.
nicorns living near the sea appreciate the added dimension of kelp and the soft green seaweeds rich in potassium, phosphorus, iodine, and calcium. to be found in tidal pools as well as the nutrient rich plants that grow only on marine sand dunes.
Unicorns of the forest and meadows have the widest variety of succulent diet ingredients to choose from and dine on berries and other fruits, ferns, seedheads, blossoms, buds, bark, soft leaves, fungi, farm crops, honey, and sap. In built up areas, they can occasionally be seen grazing on wildflowers, hedgerows and even over garden walls - especially if lavender is to be found there.
Unicorns that inhabit grasslands, savannas as also hilly or mountainous regions by necessity favour a diet of mainly grasses and wildflowers, shrubs, twigs, bark and leaves. Their digestive system and metabolism allows them to be sustained, despite the low nutritional value of the food that makes up their diet, though they will search out vagrant fruit and nut bearing trees, small groves of trees for bark roughage, lichens, seeds with avidity, purely for their delectation. Typically, plains unicorns seek green pastures, though during the dry months of the year, they thrive on dry grass.
Homestead gardeners close to these areas, know how often they find the contents of their orchards, vegetable patches and flower gardens to have been delicately nibbled...or even ravaged if it is in late summer and grasses are already very dry. No self respecting unicorn would shun whatever nuts, fruit, vegetables or flowers they could find to supplement their diet.
Only moving water serves to quench their thirst and they will seek out secret springs or streams or especially waterfalls, where they can drink with noble heads held high.