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abu dhabi desert

Photograph by Nazir Pangodu, My Shot

Two Arabian oryx lock horns in the Abu Dhabi desert. Extinct in the wild since the early 1960s, several herds now live in the emirate thanks to the late H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, who bred a few captive animals. Their horns can grow to 35 inches (89 centimeters) and are so symmetrical that they can appear to be one horn when viewed from the side, leading some to believe that the animals are the source of the unicorn legend.

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