It is said that if you look at the dark shadows on the moon you can see the shape of a large rabbit. Many legends have sprung up over the ages as people have gazed up at the moon and spotted him. Chinese legends abound but he also appears in Japanese legends, Korean, Aztek and in the Buddhist Jataka tales. In one of my favourite books, Watership Down, he is known as the Black Rabbit of Inlé. According to the book Inlé is the Lapine word for Moon and the Black Rabbit of Inlé is a Rabbit who only appears when it is time for a rabbit to die. Most of the rabbits who live on the hill above my house are the usual grey brown colour but not this chap.