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Everyone knows of the legendary Hercules, but did you know he lost a finger in one of battles? Hercules lost his finger to none other than the Nemean Lion.
In the first of his twelve labors, the fierce Nemean lion was sent by the goddess Hera. Unable to penetrate the hide of the lion with his arrows, Hercules finally strangled the animal and lost a finger in the process.
Hercules was so impressed by the lion that he kept the hide to protect himself in future battles. It is this great lion that Greek mythology associates with the constellation of Leo.
The glyph for Leo can be seen to represent the outline of the legendary mane of the proud lion as well.