Lepus is an ancient constellation found under the feet of Orion, the Hunter. The creature is associated with the Moon in mythology. Some say that the dark regions on the surface of the Moon are a rabbit, originally Lepus. The rabbit was the favorite prey of Orion and his hunting dogs.
No one seems to know just which culture first saw the constellation as an animal; the Arabs saw it as the "throne of the central one" (Orion).