EUGENE M. MCCARTHY, PHD GENETICS, ΦΒΚ
I am obliged to report that which is reported, but not to believe it.
—Herodotus, The History, VII, 152
Caution! The evidence for this cross is poor.
Note: A leporid is a member of the taxonomic family Leporidae, which includes rabbits and hares.
In 1726, an Englishwoman Mary Toft became the center of a national controversy when physician John Howard announced that he had assisted her in giving birth to several rabbits. This claim was eventually exposed as a hoax, but it's an interesting fact that, at the time, this assertion, that a woman could give birth to rabbits, was widely accepted by much of the British population.
In addition, a report entitled “A Rabbit Baby” appeared on page 2, column 3, of the November 29, 1860 issue of the Centre Democrat, a newspaper published in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (source), which reads:
The chronicler Eberhard Werner Happel (Historischer Kern oder so genandte kurtze Chronica, 1690, p. 22) claims that on March 8, 1681 a child with rabbit ears was born at Rotterdam. It supposedly died soon after birth and had a normally formed, viable twin.
The following report appears in the April 17, 1897, issue of the medical journal The Lancet (p. 1128):
Galileo’s friend, the Italian scientist Fortunio Liceti (1577-1657) mentions (Liceti 1665, p. 186) a hare-human hybrid supposedly born in the year 1440:
By the same author: Handbook of Avian Hybrids of the World, Oxford University Press (2006).