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Up close with Scotland’s magic and mysterious hares

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IN centuries past, the prospect of encountering a hare on this lonely mountain path would have filled travellers with dread. Feared as a shape-shifting witch or a fairy that had snatched a dead child, the animal was considered a harbinger of doom. Fishermen refused to set sail after glimpsing one, seafarers thought it bad luck to mention the creature by name and a pregnant women who saw one could expect to give birth to a hare-lipped baby. .

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