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Sep 12, 2008

Unicorn of Africa Photographed

The okapi, a creature so strange and rare it was once thought to be a unicorn, has been photographed for the first time in the wild.

The images were captured by a motion-triggered camera in Virunga National Park, deep in the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Some had feared that the okapi -- a close relative of the giraffe, though mottled with zebra-like stripes -- had been driven extinct by habitat loss and human predation during the decade-long central African civil war.

Images: Zoological Society of London