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Held up by zoologist, a rare animal (3)


I believe the answer is:


'animal' is the definition.
(rat is a kind of animal)

'held up by zoologist a rare' is the wordplay.
'up by' is a reversal indicator.
'held' indicates a hidden word.
'tar' is hidden within 'zoologist a rare'.
'tar' in reverse letter order is 'RAT'.

(Other definitions for rat that I've seen before include "Domestic rodent" , "one not going down with ship" , "Scumbag" , "Plague-carrying rodent" , "Cad" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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