A video of a small, dead rat - boiled, gelatinous and with its stunned arms outstretched - fished out of a Value-Added Tax of bubbling broth has shocked China, and sent shares of a popular restaurant chain plummeting.
The outlet reportedly offered her 5,000 yuan (£559, $729) as compensation.
The husband, identified only as Mr. Ma by local outlet Kankan News, said a staffer had the gall to say his wife should get an abortion if she was anxious about the baby, offering over $2,000 for the procedure.
A pregnant woman in China's Shandong province was shocked when she fished out a dead rodent from her hotpot.
The woman's husband, Mr Ma, said he alerted restaurant staff to the situation and was offered cash for abortion if they were anxious about the health of the baby.
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The second patient was being treated in the tropical and infectious diseases unit of Royal Liverpool University hospital. A painful rash with open sores can develop, often beginning on the face, then spreading to other parts of the body.
An inspection was immediately undertaken at the restaurant but no trace of rats were found.
Photos of the boiled rat quickly spread on Chinese social media site Weibo, where users reacted with anger and disgust. "I'm never going to eat hotpot outside again".
Another user asked: "If something happens to her baby, how are they going to compensate her?" In all, the discovery of the rat had knocked about $190 million off the market value of the business, which is publicly traded in Hong Kong. However, the eatery was shut down temporarily for other violations, including pooled water in the food processing areas and using produce suppliers without full qualifications.
Hotpots are prepared with a simmering pot of soup stock at the dining table and contain a variety of east Asian foodstuffs.
Xiabu Xiabu initially released a statement Saturday night saying that it had "ruled out the possibility that an unhygienic environment has caused the rat to appear", but that statement was later deleted. Ms Gao said the chain had always taken great care over the quality and safety of its food.