Boxing hares compete for mates in spring. In folklore the hare is linked to the moon, swiftness, cunning and shapeshifting.

'I shall go into a hare,
With sorrow and sych and meickle care;
And I shall go in the Devil's name,
Ay while I come home again.'

(and then to change back)

'Hare, hare, God send thee care.
I am in a hare's likeness now,
But I shall be in a woman's likeness even now.'

From Isobel Gowdies witchcraft confession 1662

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