Easter bunny laying eggs. By 1680 the first story about a rabbit laying eggs and hiding them in a garden was published. But how did a cotton tailed non egg laying hare come to be a symbol of this holiday. The egg laying easter bunny first debuted in a german medical anthology in 1682.
The tale of the easter bunny and easter eggs sounds like something that should have originated in the middle ages but it didnt. The first easter bunny legend was documented in the 1500s. The easter bunny is an anthropomorphic egg laying rabbit who sneaks into homes the night before easter to deliver baskets full of colored eggs toys and chocolate.
Legends date the tale of the easter bunny back to its origins as a european pagan tradition that celebrated the goddess of spring eostre also written eastre and conveniently pronounced like the easter holiday. The easter bunny also called the easter rabbit or easter hare is a folkloric figure and symbol of easter depicted as a rabbit bringing easter eggs. It was the era of enlightenment that saw the emergence of hares.
Yet having been a bird this hare could still lay eggs and in gratitude to the goddess the bird laid colored eggs on her feast day ever since.