A U.K. pup had a sex change operation after veterinarians discovered she was born with both male and female reproductive organs.
Molly, a Jack Russell terrier, was initially believed to be a female dog, but owners Mary, 56, and Frank Finlay, 63, realized something was wrong when they noticed her lifting her leg to pee, the Daily Mail reported.
The owners took the dog to a hospital. Veterinarians discovered that Molly had both male and female sex organs, and was in significant discomfort because of her external genitalia.
The dog underwent gender reassignment surgery at a hospital in Glasgow. During the operation, vets found that Molly had testicles instead of ovaries within her abdomen.
Veterinary surgeon Ross Allan issued a statement on Molly's unusual medical condition:
Molly was what is defined medically as a male pseudo-hermaphrodite or more commonly 'intersex.'
Her particular anatomy meant that whilst Molly appeared to be a female, closer examination revealed elements of both male and female external genitalia and unfortunately this was leading to significant genital discomfort.
If left untreated, this risked her developing a long-term and debilitating condition.
We decided that the very best solution for Molly was to proceed with definitive surgery to create an anatomical situation which would avoid ongoing issues or discomfort.
The surgery was a great success and Molly is much more comfortable and happier as a result.
Intersexism is rare, and some cases will not require any treatment at all.
In Molly's case it was a painful condition which was causing problems and surgery was an important step to ensure she is able to go on to live a pain-free life.
Molly's gender reassignment surgery was only the second of its kind in 10 years in Scotland. The 18-month-old pup had the operation last June, and has made a full recovery, The Telegraph reported.
"We got Molly in November 2015 and noticed that around the house she would squat to do her pees but outside she would lift her leg," Frank told BBC Scotland's Kaye Adams Program, according to The Telegraph. "I mentioned this early on in 2016 to one of Ross's colleagues and they came up with the probability that she was a hermaphrodite, both sexes.
"They did MRI scans and X-rays, and eventually she was operated on in 2016. We still call her Molly."
"We've seen no change in her behavior," Frank added. "She's still the same wee Molly and we wouldn't be without her, she's too precious."