Wednesday, May 7, 2008


...Long live the King.

No really, he died.

Rameses XVII, the blue-horned ram who led the UNC-Chapel Hill football team onto the field for the past five years, died last week of complications from a wound he suffered at the horns of his own son.

Rameses XVII was 8.

The son Pablo, 3, will take the name Rameses XVIII and succeed his slain father as Carolina mascot, keeper Rob Hogan said.

Rameses and Pablo shared a field at Hogan's farm outside Carrboro. On April 13, they butted heads, as rams are occasionally wont. This particular collision was so jarring that it snapped off one of the older ram's horns.

The injury was serious. Infection set in.

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