The Easter Bunny is packing up his basket and will be dropping by countless houses this weekend. But where on earth did he get all those eggs?
Some people say that the rabbit, famous for its fertility, has been associated with another reproductive symbol, the egg, since time immemorial. With the rise of Christianity, both became representatives of Easter's themes of rebirth and renewal.
The explanation I like better, though, has to do with a simple mix-up. Hares in Scotland and other parts of Europe spend much of the daylight hours in "forms," little dug-outs they make that provide partial cover from the gaze of predators. The hare's form is very similar to the local plover's nest. According to legend, some springtime hikers startled a hare, who ran away from what looked like its form, but was in fact a plover's nest filled with eggs. The budding naturalists put two and two together and came up with...the Easter Bunny!