A man bought a sheep and went home with it. A hare saw him and thought, "What a good sheep that is! I must have it for myself."
—How Did the Hare Get the Sheep?
(An African folktale)
An old report, published in the March 1727 issue of the French periodical Suite de la Clef, ou Journal historique sur les matières du temps (pp. 229-230), describes a conjoined twin that was allegedly the hybrid of a hare and a sheep. It reads as follows: “M. Chanvalon, residing in Lappion, in the Diocese of Laon, two leagues from Notre Dame de Liesse, writes me to say
In addition, the early medical journal Miscellanea Curiosa (1677, vol. 8, supplement, Observation XLVI, p. 209) mentions a very early record (1174 A.D.) of a lamb being born with the ears of a hare.
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