This Lunar New Year symbolic animal may not be as clear as, say, the snake or dragon. And the reason, says Alexander Nguyen, is because the same character is used to symbolize all those animals.
“There really is no difference,” said the San Diego Tet Festival spokesman. “When the sign first evolved in Ancient China, the breeds of sheep and goats in the Yellow River basin were virtually indistinguishable from one another. There was no effort to distinguish them until much later.”