Sometimes, unicorns will shake or strike fruit laden branches
with their horns or stand on their hind legs in order to reach the fruits
|For much of the year, unicorns live a fairly easy
life, for they eat many kinds of leaves and grasses that grow in abundance
in the European forests. In the spring and summer, when plants
are in full bloom, the animals are careful not to eat the blossoms of particularly
beautiful flowers. This is partly because they do not like to disturb
the flowers' beauty and partly so that they will have fruit or berries
to feast on later. They are very fond of many kinds of berries, such
as wild strawberries, and also enjoy crab apples and wild cherries.
At this time of the year they must be very alert to predators
like wolves, which can run over 50 ft snow easily and quickly overtake
a fleeing unicorn. However, unless it is badly outnumbered,
a unicorn is able to keep wolves at bay with its sharp horn and hoofs.
||By late fall, after the last fruits have been eaten
and the leaves have fallen from the trees, the unicorns have grown very
fat and are well able to endure the winter months' limited foods and cold
temperatures. Unlike deer, which form herds during the winter, at
least after the short fall mating season, unicorns continue to live their
solitary lives. During winter, unicorns move into thicker forests,
where the snow does not lie as deeply and where they can reach grasses
by digging down into the snow with their hooves or horns.