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Series 3 - Episode 3
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Hare fossils have been found in Europe dating back to more than 100,000 years ago, making them one of the UK’s oldest animals and stars of cave paintings across the Continent.
They have always been associated with the Moon and lunar goddesses, in myths, legends and rituals all around the world.
Then, of course, Lewis Carroll immortalised the great British hare (above) as being somewhat bonkers in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which is often quoted in Brett Westwood’s programme today:
March Hare: Have some wine.
Alice: I don’t see any wine. March Hare: There isn’t any.
Alice: Then it wasn’t very civil of you to offer it.
March Hare: It wasn’t very civil of you to sit down without being invited.
Unjust mental instability references aside, Westwood brings us a truly fascinating insight into this remarkable creature, although he has to be very patient to enjoy a magical encounter with not just one but several hares on a farm in Norfolk.
Brett Westwood goes in search of the Mad March Hare, learning about an ancient coin bearing the image of a hare, and encountering several wild hares on a Norfolk farm.
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