Monday, January 2, 2012

Creature of the Week - Yale


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The yale or centicore, is a hybrid creature from European legend. Descriptions vary slightly. The yale is black or tawny. It is the size of a goat with the tail of an elephant and a boar's jaw. Some medieval bestiaries said it had spots, the head of a goat, and the feet of a unicorn. It has two long, straight horns which can point either forward or backward. Due to its horns, the yale was a creature of heraldry and meant proud defense.
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20 comments:

mooderino said...

That's one I haven't heard of before. Looks like it woould have a terrible time navigaing narrow spaces.

mood
Moody Writing

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I have come by via Alex J. Cavanaugh , I too have never heard of this.

Happy New Year.
Yvonne.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I imagine that one originated from some poor beast whose horns really did grow in the opposite direction.
And you have been featured!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing about another creature I've never heard of.

Cherie Reich said...

Happy New Year!

I haven't heard of this creature before. I agree with Alex that it was probably created from a poor creature who looked that way.

Tonja said...

I love mythical creatures. I wonder if the artists got them right....Found you from Alex's post. Good luck on getting to 1000. I follow.

Johanna Garth said...

I've never heard of a vale but I LOVE the picture. Btw, hi, new follower from Alex's blog.

Colene Murphy said...

Wow, never heard of a vale! Looks interesting! And also, wow! You're so close to 1000! Congratulations! That's amazing!

Colene Murphy said...

Wow, never heard of a vale! Looks interesting! And also, wow! You're so close to 1000! Congratulations! That's amazing!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Cool creature, though the horns would make it kind of hard to get around. lol I've been watching Avatar again and it reminded me of Jake getting used to his tale.

Melissa Bradley said...

What a strangely beautiful creature. New follower that hopped over from Alex's blog. Happy New Year and all the best for 2012. Looking forward to my return visits here.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I, also, have never heard of this. But it does describe my first blind date! She was the one who said, "I know why they are called 'blind dates', Roland. I wish I were blind!" As you might suspect there have been no more blind dates in my life!!

I, too, have come via Alex's blog. Wasn't it grand of him to spotlight the 4 of us? Roland

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Another new one to me. I often wonder if the legends grew from some poor horse, goat or cow that was born with birth defects.

tfwalsh said...

That's a new one... I love animals made up of different parts of other animals... so imaginative:)

Mina Burrows said...

Happy New Year, Nicole! Almost at 1000. Wahoooo! This is awesome. Keep it up.

Cool post, BTW. :)

DeniseCovey_L'Aussie said...

Hi Nicole. I came over after reading Alex's post including you nearing 1000 followers. I thought I followed you but I don't, but now I do, woo hoo. Hope you reach the milestone soon. You deserve it!

Great, informative post today.

Denise

Trisha said...

I find it weird that I have never heard of a Yale before! Apart from the university, that is. hehe

I too returned to your blog after seeing you mentioned on Alex's blog (actually, Roland Yeomans pointed me to the whole thing to begin with). I've visited before but not in a while, so just saying hi again!

Will said...

umm...wouldn't the feet of a unicorn be the same as the feet of a horse? Just saying. Stopped by fro Alexes, and it looks like a pretty educational site.

Laura said...

Blimey, that's one strange beastie!
Lx

Joshua said...

I've always said those Yalies were creatures. Oh, sorry...wrong Yale.