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    I was trying to figure out if this young squirrel is male or female. Anyone ever seen anything like this?

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    I would say male whose sibling has been sucking on his whole package, poor guy
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    Quote Originally Posted by island rehabber View Post
    I would say male whose sibling has been sucking on his whole package, poor guy
    There are 3 parts though. An anus, a very loose vulva and a much larger than normal sheath. There doesn't appear to be a scrotum or testicles.

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    Testicles do not descend until the squirrel usually is over a year old, give or take a few months. Since it appears this guy is being suckled please monitor him to be sure he can urinate ok. Sometimes a scab will form at the tip and it will need to be soaked with some warm water and removed so he can urinate. This is very important.

    Try feeding more often and separate from siblings if the suckling continues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoo Keeper View Post
    There are 3 parts though. An anus, a very loose vulva and a much larger than normal sheath. There doesn't appear to be a scrotum or testicles.
    Wow. The anus is hard to see in the pic but I think you are right. Can you take a clearer pic?

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    If that’s actually a vulva, it looks backwards. Could the area that looks like a vulva be where the testicles would emerge and it has been enlarged due to suckling? Or is there an actual opening in the area that looks like a vulva? Where does the urine come from when stimulated?

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    Does anyone else think it's possible we have a hermaphrodite here? I mean, it could happen.....happens in all mammals once in awhile...
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    Quote Originally Posted by island rehabber View Post
    Does anyone else think it's possible we have a hermaphrodite here? I mean, it could happen.....happens in all mammals once in awhile...
    Yes, I thought that as soon as I saw the pic since it looked like there was an anus AND the vulva/whatsis bit.

    Hi, Zoo Keeper. How old is this squirrel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by island rehabber View Post
    Does anyone else think it's possible we have a hermaphrodite here?
    My first thought!
    Looking at that picture, very possible!
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    I see from bottom to top: anus (not irritated), vulva (irritated) or possibly a second anus (it's a bit too round and the opening a bit too large for me to conclusively say vulva, it looks like a very irritated anus) -- and an upside down penis that's got a plug in it.

    Seems like it's either born with some deformity or it's suffered some severe suckling/chewing to the point that the parts are unrecognizable and potentially permanently damaged.

    Stimulate the squirrel to potty and pay attention to what comes out of where. The poop should come out of the lower most hole. Soak the plug off the tip of the penis, and try and figure out where the urine is expelled from. Pay close attention to what, if anything, is coming out if the very red and irritated middle hole.

    Report back with your observations. If you can manage a video of pottying that would be extremely helpful, as would clearer pictures (plural, from various angles).

    Keep this one isolated from the others and pay attention to see if it is nibbling on its own genitals. You may need to get a cone.

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    My former vet, Dr Anthony Pilny, usually doesn't mind if I text pix to him for his opinion (he moved his practice to Arizona ). May I have your permission to do that? He was called "St Anthony of Squirrels" when he was here in NYC...
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    I could send the picture to Dr. Emerson, as well, for her opinion.

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    After sleeping on it, the topmost thing could maybe be an umbilical hernia

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    Quote Originally Posted by MotherOfBadgers View Post
    After sleeping on it, the topmost thing could maybe be an umbilical hernia
    Oooh, good catch. You have interesting dreams...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CritterMom View Post
    Oooh, good catch. You have interesting dreams...
    Lol you have no idea.

    Just for quick reference this was the picture of my girl's "penis" that identified her as female, so just an example of a healthy/normal vulva and anus. Name:  C539CBE2-C199-435C-BC2F-4A33F38A6C75.jpg
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    @OP: do you have any updates? More pictures? Perhaps a video of stimulation to potty? Or at the very least a report on what type of excrement is coming from which holes?

    @mel and Island rehabber: I would say to go ahead and send this picture to the doctors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chirps View Post
    Yes, I thought that as soon as I saw the pic since it looked like there was an anus AND the vulva/whatsis bit.

    Hi, Zoo Keeper. How old is this squirrel?
    8-9 weeks

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    Quote Originally Posted by island rehabber View Post
    My former vet, Dr Anthony Pilny, usually doesn't mind if I text pix to him for his opinion (he moved his practice to Arizona ). May I have your permission to do that? He was called "St Anthony of Squirrels" when he was here in NYC...
    Absolutely, that would be great! Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    I could send the picture to Dr. Emerson, as well, for her opinion.
    Yes please. I'd love to have every possible opinion. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MotherOfBadgers View Post
    I see from bottom to top: anus (not irritated), vulva (irritated) or possibly a second anus (it's a bit too round and the opening a bit too large for me to conclusively say vulva, it looks like a very irritated anus) -- and an upside down penis that's got a plug in it.

    Seems like it's either born with some deformity or it's suffered some severe suckling/chewing to the point that the parts are unrecognizable and potentially permanently damaged.

    Stimulate the squirrel to potty and pay attention to what comes out of where. The poop should come out of the lower most hole. Soak the plug off the tip of the penis, and try and figure out where the urine is expelled from. Pay close attention to what, if anything, is coming out if the very red and irritated middle hole.

    Report back with your observations. If you can manage a video of pottying that would be extremely helpful, as would clearer pictures (plural, from various angles).

    Keep this one isolated from the others and pay attention to see if it is nibbling on its own genitals. You may need to get a cone.
    Thank you for your response. I have seen this baby suck on the upper most part and I suspect the sibling is involved, too. I tried stimulation to observe where the urine comes from but the baby wasn't having it...possibly because it was painful from it's little parts being so irritated. I know it is passing urine and feces for sure but can't say for sure where it's coming from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CritterMom View Post
    Wow. The anus is hard to see in the pic but I think you are right. Can you take a clearer pic?
    I didn't get the anus in this pic because the vulva(?) is hanging in front of it.

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