I bought a new rat today. The pet store owner is a sweet man but i asked him to let me handle one and he wouldn't allow it. H e said there all friendly dont worry about it If i try to get one theyll all start jumpin, only want to do it once. So I picked out a little gray & white one. Hes adorable, hes got a chubby face, and odd shaped tail. The catch is, hes real timid, and doesnt seem to be warming up to me like my others have (I own vito, a 3 year old brown rat, kitty, a 5-7 month old hairless, and bought sydney, a little white baby for my friend.) THey all warmed up to me quickly, and were playing in no time. This one just wants to crouch in a corner. If this guy would have let me hold them first, that could have been avoided. But the real problem is, when I got him home, and actually got around to examining him at all thouroughly, I noticed something extremely startling. His well, genatalia is in a horrible state. One of the two testes are bruised looking, and his penis is extremely swollen and sticking out. It has a purple color, and is starting to become visibly dryed out. No vets in my area treat rodents, and I really dont have the money to spend on a new rat... but I feel horrible returning him to be snake food. Another thing, this rat is horribly skinny. It could be due to underfeeding in the shop, but it may be related to this so I thought it was worth mentioning. Please, respond asap if you can help.