Plantain Squirrel grooming/pleasuring itself

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“I encountered this Plantain Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus singapurensis) during an outing at the zoo yesterday morning. It was running along the metal railing (first photo) and suddenly stopped (below).

PlantainSquirrel [MeiHwang] 1

“Usually, it’s hard to tell the sex of a Plantain Squirrel except in this case, the male genitalia was on display (below).

PlantainSquirrel [MeiHwang] 2

“I did some googling and I’m wondering whether this may be a case of ?genital grooming/cleaning. This took place for about 10 seconds. Maybe it became conscious of my presence and shortly after scurried away.”

Mei Hwang
16th September 2016

Note: This behaviour has also been reported for the Common Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis). Click this LINK to view the video

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