UNC Tarheels mascot Rameses I. The origin of a ram as North Carolina mascot dates back to 1924. In 1922, the star fullback, Jack Merritt, was given the nickname "the battering ram" for his performance on the field, as well as for an initiation ritual he created for male freshman students. Rameses the First was bought for $25 and shipped from Texas, just in time for the pep rally. Pictured here in 1925.
Rameses XVIII looks out of his enclosure at the Hogan farm. Rameses, the latest incarnation of the longtime UNC mascot, is a Dorset Horn sheep, an endangered breed. Photo: Harry Lynch - The News & Observer