THE ALOPEKOS TEUMESIOS was a gigantic Fox which sent by the gods to the countryside of Thebes as punishment for some crime. Kreon, the then Regent of Thebes, set Amphitryon the impossible task of destroying the beast – impossible because the fox was destined never to be caught. The hero discovered a solution to the problem by setting the magical dog Lailaps to the hunt, an animal which was destined always to catch its quarry.
Zeus faced with a contradiction in fate (an uncatchable fox being pursued by an unavoidable dog) turned the pair of beasts to stone or perhaps placed them amongst the stars as the Constellations Canis Major (Lailaps) and Canis Minor or Lepus (the Fox). Their contest was in this way either frozen or set to play out for eternity.
The Teumessian Fox was discovered in the heavens on another world by the adventurers and accidentally released.