Posted by: Craig Woolheater on October 21st, 2010
FOOTAGE of a unicorn running though a wood has been exposed as an elaborate hoax to promote an upcoming science exhibition.
Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada, claimed it had been sent the video by a group of intrepid myth hunters and was analysing the footage.
The video was posted on Youtube, with millions debating its authenticity.
“The Science Centre is reviewing the footage frame-by-frame to determine whether the claim is legitimate,” the centre said in a statement.
“With closer examination, we hope to establish whether or not a genuine unicorn sighting has occurred.
The statement even warned the public to use caution if they think they see a unicorn, and to “not make any sudden movements or attempt to use flash photography”.
“Although legends of unicorns state they are peaceful creatures, scientists worry they may harm themselves or others if they end up on a road or highway,” the statement said.
An emergency unicorn hotline was also set up for further information on unicorns or to report any unusual or questionable sightings.
The centre decided to reveal the truth about the video – but not after causing a media storm.
“We’ve received calls from all kinds of people, predominantly women, and some confused news reporters, in response to the video,” The Science Centre spokesman Christine Crosbie said.
“The reactions have been amazing – women wish it were true.
“Although some keen-eyed spectators have reported knowing the video was fake by the way the unicorn’s tail moves and the fact it is not pure white.
“It’s still alive in our culture even though we don’t have any proof scientifically.”news.com.au