There's a surprisingly common detail in a lot of Medieval illuminated manuscripts of rabbits, often human-sized and bipedal, treathening cowering humans with brandished weapons. Here's an article on the phenomenon: http://www.openculture.com/…/killer-rabbits-in-medieval-man…
Essentially, it seems to be a case of a joke that was really funny then, but doesn't really track now. The idea apparently was finding humour in the role-reversal, of humans being hunted by docile rabbits - who were seen as a cowardly species (the term Stickhare was an insult at the time that essentially just meant coward).
And I called them Stickhares after the aforementioned insult (also a pun on them being hares* who brandish sticks).
*I'm aware that hares and rabbits are entirely different species. Don't @ me.
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