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Unicorn video a hoax? Nice science, Ontario Science Center.


On Oct. 5, a video was posted to YouTube: A white horse skitters through the bushes in a sun-dappled forest. The camera zooms in. The white horse has what looks to be a horn on its head.

A unicorn? In Ontario? Hogwash!

Not so fast, doubting Thomas. The video was followed up by a rather official-sounding backer: the Ontario Science Center, an agency of the Canadian government. A news release was issued:

"Amateur video depicting what could be one of the most elusive legendary creatures, the unicorn, has been captured on film by a Toronto resident. ... The Science Centre is reviewing the footage frame-by-frame to determine whether Hickey-Jones' claim is legitimate."

The center set up an emergency unicorn hotline for more information and sightings.

Could it be true? Could a unicorn exist?


In a phone call yesterday to the center's media office, the spokeswoman predicted a new unicorn would be sighted sometime in November. Oh really? They're predicting their sightings now?The group just happens to have an new exhibition to promote "Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids" and, well, the unicorn sighting may have something to do with that, the spokeswoman conceded.

Way to ruin a dream, Ontario Science Center.

By Melissa Bell  | October 19, 2010; 10:55 AM ET
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