CHAPEL HILL, NC — The king is dead! Long live the king!
Finalizing the intra-family coup that stunned the Chapel Hill community this week, mascot Rameses XVII has died of complications stemming from the wound inflicted by his son, Pablo.
Barring any further treachery, Pablo will now reign as University of North Carolina’s Rameses XVIII. The progeny successfully broke his father’s horn completely off via a violent head-butt 2 weeks ago. After infection set in, all hope was lost for the older ram, who died Thursday.
Pablo was immediately slated to assume his father’s former post upon the loss of the horn, so it is uncertain whether the junior ram’s treacherous plot included patricide or only his father’s dismemberment.
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Written from Durham, NC.