A Greek Tragedy Among Sheep At UNC Chapel Hill

Rameses XVII has been dethroned, by his own son.

In a Greek tragedy among sheep, Rameses' five-year reign as North Carolina's mascot ended with a head-butt from his son, Pablo.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday that Rameses was hit so severely his horn snapped. Rameses' keeper, Rob Hogan, said the curly horned ram went off food and water for a week, and he didn't think the animal would survive.

He did, but the one-horned Rameses will no longer represent the
university or appear before 60,000 roaring fans at Kenan Stadium. Pablo has taken his father's place as Rameses XVIII.

The family line dates back to 1924, when a North Carolina cheerleader decided the Tar Heels needed a mascot to rival North Carolina State's wolf and Georgia's bulldog. Hogan said most rams have peacefully shared pastures with their sons.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2008 at 05:46 PM
    GO HEELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Apr 23, 2008 at 01:04 PM
    Yes, he'll be called Rameses.
  • by Terry Location: Greenville on Apr 23, 2008 at 12:41 PM
    I thought UNC only had basketball fans. Jump on the bandwagon!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2008 at 11:45 AM
    I don't recall any wolves eating sheep this past year.
  • by unc fan ncsu employee Location: k'town on Apr 23, 2008 at 11:40 AM
    They are just sheep in wolves clothing down in Raleigh anyway. GO HEELS
  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2008 at 10:19 AM
    Roy, I haven't that happen in Chapel Hill in a while. Must be some hungry wolves.
  • by Roy Location: Chapel Hill on Apr 23, 2008 at 08:37 AM
    That makes a lot of sense.....wolves eat sheeps.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2008 at 08:10 AM
    I'm sure Pablo will do his daddy pround. I wonder if they will change his name to Rameses. Go Heels.

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