The Moon rabbit is not only a folklore tale in Asia. The America’s also have stories in regards to the rabbit who lives in the moon. Here is the story of the Moon Rabbit according to the Aztecs.
Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec god of wind and learning went to earth to live as a man for a period of time. As a human he went on a long journey on foot and after some time he became very tired and hungry. He didn’t find any water or food and he started to starve.
A rabbit then found the man. After first giving grass to the starving old man, the rabbit then offered herself as food to save his life. Touched by the kindness of the rabbit, the man gently picked him up, and revealing his true form as the feathered serpent God. Quetzalcoatl brought the rabbit up to the sky, all the way up to the moon, where the image of the rabbit was printed onto the surface of the moon.
As he did this, Quetzalcoatl told the rabbit he was no longer just a small creature, that his portrait painted in the light of the moon would forever tell the story of his kindness to all men.