What's that blocking parking? Just a giant unicorn statue

VANCOUVER, Wash. - A 20-foot statue outside Robyn McCracken's home is understandably drawing some stares.

It's also drawing some ire from the city for violating a Vancouver code.

Vancouver resident Frank Mabry gave the unicorn to his good friend, McCracken, to lift her spirits following a swimming and diving accident that left her partially paralyzed.

A fan of the mythical creature, McCracken was surprised by the supersized version.

"He said, 'You need to come outside,'" she said Monday. "It snapped me out of my blues and made me feel a whole lot better."

The unicorn had been in Mabry's garage after it had been used as a prop in a performance at the Portland Art Museum two years ago. At the time, it was just a giant horse and actors could climb inside. Later, Mabry added the horn.

The problem now: City officials decided the giant unicorn is illegally in a parking right of way.

So Mabry plans to move it on to private land next to McCracken's apartment, so she can still see it.

That may not be enough, though. In some cases, you need a building permit for anything over 10 feet tall, including flag poles.

We weren't able to reach Vancouver city officials, so it's unclear whether Mabry would need a permit for the unicorn.

The controversy aside, McCracken said she's grateful for the larger-than-life gift.

"I have the best friends in the whole world," she said.