The rat is a creature that denotes not only fertility, but also wealth

The rat just doesn't seem to catch a break, even in the Year of the Rat.

The Wuhan pneumonia outbreak has cast a pall over its big year and at least one expert has said it is likely the virus originated from an animal like the bamboo rat.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 25, 2020, with the headline 'A creature that denotes not only fertility, but also wealth'. Subscribe