Hares are shy, elusive animals. It is rare to catch a glimpse of a hare bounding quickly through a field. Young hares are born so well developed that they can fend for themselves within a few hours of their birth. These intuitive, independent animals possess strong back legs, allowing them to leap forward in hopping motions, able to understand the tides of movement. The hare is associated with many myths, such as playing a role in the creation of earth by representing femininity, procreation and immortality. However, the hare is also associated with impatience and haste, which can relate to the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ fable.
Hares are strongly associated with fertility. The ancient Greeks connected hares with powers of self-impregnation and superfoetation, where the female constantly produces young.
Ancient people found hares mysterious and perplexing animals, they believed that hares could come back to life again It was good luck to witness a hare jumping in a clockwise circle, however bad luck anticlockwise, the circle being a significant symbol of eternity and life.