Calisto and Arcas

Calisto was an Arcadian nymph metamorphosed into a she-bear by Jupiter. Her son Arcas having met her in the chase, would have killed her, but Jupiter converted him into a he-bear, and placed them both in the heavens, where they are recognised as the Great and Little Bear.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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