On Sunday night, James Hogan had a dream that his family’s barn was on fire and he couldn’t extinguish it.
When Hogan woke up the next morning and looked out onto the field of the farm, he felt uneasy. Usually, the animals at Hogan’s Magnolia View Farm graze beneath the morning sun.
But today, one was missing — Rameses XXI, UNC’s live mascot.
Hogan went inside the barn to find the ram laying on the ground, unable to get up.
Rameses XXI died Monday afternoon. He’d been treated for arthritis in his shoulder and hips, according to Ann Hogan Leonard, who lives on Hogan’s Magnolia View Farm with her son, James.
The ram was UNC’s mascot for nearly a decade and had gone to his first football game when he was less than a year old, according to the family. The Hogan family has been taking care of UNC’s mascots for four generations now.
Rameses XXI was brought to the family’s farm a year after Ann Hogan Leonard’s husband, Robert Clay Hogan, Jr. passed away. He had been the owner of UNC’s live mascot for years.
After his father’s death, James Hogan and his brothers, Henry and Daniel, stepped up and helped train Rameses XXI.
Rameses, Hogan said, was gentle and friendly right from the start.