Hermaphrodite (with pics)

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by keren, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Australia
    Cool! I think I have a hermaphrodite ewe lamb! Well its kinda cool to see, I've never seen it before, but also kinda a bummer cos I was looking forward to breeding her.

    Her vulva is quite deformed ... she's a fat tail sheep which is why the vulva hasnt been examined before ... photos will come soon as it stops raining and I can go out there without having to grow webbed feet!

    ETA (sorry if some of this is repetitive, I just copied it off what I posted on a cattle forum):

    This is a new one for me. Looked under this girls tail because she'd been a bit scoury. Well, things are very weird back there. She is one crazy mixed up kid.

    She's a Damara sheep ... a ewe lamb ... well I thought.

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    Under her anus, she has an opening that she pees from, under that she has a rudimentary penis, under that she has a rudimentary vulva, and she also has two rudimentary testicles in their own separate scrotums.

    Her belly is clean no sheath/pizzle.

    Close up of the area she pees from
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    Close up of the penis and vulva
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    You can kinda vaguely see two small testicles here
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    I intend to shave the area down once it stops raining, to get some clearer pictures

    This discovery answers quite a few questions. She was a twin which the mum rejected, so she was bottle raised. Obviously mum knew there was something wrong with her. She's also got huge horns for a female of her age. She's a touch aggressive sometimes, and occasionally she acts like a male (courtship behaviour).

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  2. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Re: Hermaphrodite

    wow ....that would be something to see........ :shocked:
     

  3. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Australia
    Re: Hermaphrodite

    its amazing to look at actually. I'll try to describe it lol but it probably wont be very good

    her vulva doesnt sit under her anus like it should, its way way way down. in between the two there is sort of what looks like a slit but without an opening, just like a bit of a fold

    as you travel down, there is a round knobbly thing, looks like a growth or something, then a bit further down from that is her actual vulva

    very weird

    seems to explain quite a bit though. she was a twin and the mother rejected her - maybe knew there was something wrong with her? and she has the biggest horns I've ever seen on a female, and she blubbers every now and then like a male.

    hmm, now I need to figure out what to do with her.
     
  4. Crissa

    Crissa New Member

    Oct 7, 2007
    Cashion, Oklahoma
    Re: Hermaphrodite

    :shocked: That would be weird! You could always use he/she as a teaser. :shrug:
     
  5. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Australia
    Re: Hermaphrodite

    you know Crissa, I was wondering if she (I cant think of her as an it or he lol) would be useful as a teaser ... since I do quite a bit of AI and I'm planning to AI everyone (sheep and goats) next year all sync'd with CIDRs, and just run clean up males. So she may get to stay to be a teaser/spotter for me.

    She was SUPPOSED to be my publicity girl, a friendly one that could come to shows and be patted and talk to people, and having baby lambs on her for people to cuddle would have been even better ...

    lol I just thought of something ... for most publicity days, I bring a male and female of each breed ... well with her I could kill two birds with one stone, I'd only have to bring one animal! :ROFL:
     
  6. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Re: Hermaphrodite

    :ROFL: Now that is funny. :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL:

    great idea Crissa...... :wink: :greengrin:
     
  7. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Australia
    pictures added
     
  8. KW Farms

    KW Farms Moderator Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Wapato, WA
    That's odd. My friend shows sheep and she told me once there was a girl in the ring with her who didn't know much about sheep, well anyway, the judge comes to her sheep looked it over and determined it was a hermaphrodite and she was asked to leave the ring, the girl was just devestated because she had worked so hard with her lamb on showing all to be asked to leave the ring...Kinda sad.
     
  9. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    Thank you for sharing the pictures - that was really neat to see. I have seen it in 2 dogs before but that was it.
     
  10. grandmajo

    grandmajo New Member

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    Oct 14, 2008
    Pioneer, Ohio
    Wow, I've seen a few pictures of goats with it, but they were not nearly as evident as this is - at least to me. Funny how animals seem to know when there is something wrong with one of their young. I remember somebody telling me about a momma cat rejecting one of her kittens, and it turned out the kitten was a he/she.
     
  11. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    Keren, That for the information. That is very interesting. I have never seen that before and it is good to finally see.

    She looks so cute in that last picture like she is so proud of herself.
     
  12. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    WOE :shocked: ....now that is something different .............thanks for sharing...... :wink: :greengrin:
     
  13. goathappy

    goathappy New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Illinois
    Wow that is really interesting, I"ve never seen that, thanks for sharing :)
     
  14. RowdyKidz

    RowdyKidz Senior Member

    Apr 2, 2009
    NW Ohio
    Thanks for sharing! That was rather interesting!
     
  15. liz

    liz Active Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Very interesting! Thank you for the pics....really odd to see the "obvious" as most hermaphrodites are "internal".