A Missouri Family Pet Ferret Ate What?!

Submitted by: kangoala 6 years ago Weird
http://articles.cnn.com/2011-01-11/justice/missouri.ferret.fingers_1_baby-boy-pet-animal?_s=PM:CRIME

Sure, ferrets are cute, but after reading this, how safe do you feel with one in your house?
There are 108 comments:
Male 412
My wife and I have raised six ferrets over the past 20 years. They are wonderfully intelligent creatures who can be very loving pets. We`ve never had cause to believe that any of them would hurt any person.

Having said that, any animal (including humans) can be dangerous if abused or neglected. This sounds like the case here. It`s unfortunate, really. Most people find ferrets in pet stores in glass cages and think that they`re caged animals. Some ferrets are left in cages their whole lives. We never had more than two at a time. The first few slept in cages but with the doors open so they could roam about. The last two just had the run of the house and only used small dog crates as litter boxes. It`s a shame that people think these should be caged pets.
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Female 1,803
And finally

Girl who`s face was eaten by ferret
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Yep, that`s the girl I was talking about. She couldn`t get the plastic surgery the article talks about because she refused to stop smoking beforehand. Her boyfriend figured she really didn`t believe the surgery would make her look any better so she didn`t bother trying to quit. Although, I suspect it didn`t help that her boyfriend also smoked and probably didn`t stop smoking in front of her...because that`s how generally inconsiderate smokers are.
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Male 25,416
wow
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Male 1,920
No animal should be left with small children unsupervised, and any animal can become violent under the right circumstances. But the point is that ferrets have demonstrated a specific type of unprovoked attack on small children that usually is quite disfiguring and goes beyond just biting.
My original responses were to demonstrate that these animals are quite capable of doing this as several people had made posts like this:

"Wow people actually believe a ferret could have done this?! No way a creature that small can bite though bone, even a babies bones."

I just posted the evidence that it is possible and has happened more than once. I am not out to demonize ferrets, they are animals and should be treated and respected as such.

And finally

Girls who`s face was eaten by ferret
Male 2,220
Mr Peabody, seem to think that ferrets have evolved specifically to hunt human babies. If ferrets have an instinctive prey image, it will be one with big furry ears, not some screaming pink slug.

As for the ferrets prefer raw food - no sh*t! Can`t they cook?

Anyway, should small kids be left unsupervised with cats, dogs, ferrets, or any other pet - no.

Is there much risk leaving a well fed, healthy, ferret with a small kid - no, not much risk, just not a risk worth taking.
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Male 546
I don`t think it`s fair to demonize ferrets like this, the parents are clearly the ones to blame. Any animal given the right environment can turn viciousWe can go on all day about which animals are more statistically dangerous to own, but at the end of the day it is the owner`s responsibility to ensure the pet is happy and safe and safe to be around. There are no bad pets just bad owners.
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Male 1,920
cont.

much. They get the need to bite worked out while feeding themselves. In fact, a raw chicken wing (cut into thirds) is great for teething, too. It`s small enough for them to handle easily, and contains a higher bone-to-meat ratio than other things."

Ferret Nutrition
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Male 1,920
@MattPrince

You asked why it would choose to do so. Well here may be your answer:

"The main reason to feed raw is because raw is what ferrets were evolved to eat. Humans have been cooking their meat for a very, very long time. Ferrets were only introduced to processed and cooked foods in the last 25 years or so. And, as ferrets have been introduced to processed foods, they have started to die earlier and have more health problems."

"Another reason to feed raw (complete with bones) is that it keeps the teeth clean. Raw food takes a lot more chewing than cooked food, and the raw bones keep the teeth clean and sharp. Chewing and gnawing is also an emotionally rewarding activity for many animals. Dogs obviously enjoy spending hours gnawing at bones. It relaxes them.

Ferrets don`t seem to have the same strong need to gnaw, but baby ferrets do! In my experience, baby ferrets who have been given raw and whole prey to eat do not bite humans as
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Male 1,920
@MattPrince

What you and others appear to be missing is that it`s not a matter of the ferrets choice, or how it is treated. It is the ferrets instinct to do this whether domesticated or not. The fact that the Journal of Pediatrics thought it necessary to document 33 cases of babies under 5 months being horrifically attacked by ferrets attests to this. It`s not sensationalism, it`s what ferrets do instinctively if given the chance. It`s the same thing that makes my domesticated couch potato dog snatch a low flying bird out of the air and attempt to devour it (true story). The whole point of this is not to demonize ferrets, but to inform people that ferrets and babies should not be left alone together. I am sure that if the parents had heard the warnings about ferrets they would have taken better precautions to protect their child. As to why the parents did not hear or react sooner is anyone`s guess, but this is definitely not the first time that ferrets have attacked babies.
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Male 2,220
Also - I would like to meet the fooker that thought introducing ferrets/foxes/cats/pigs to NZ was a good idea. Or for that matter the moron that introduced harlequin ladybirds to mainland Europe. Or just about any idiot that thinks biological controls are a good idea.
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Male 2,220
@slayer - strangely enough, Honey Badger or Ratel, are meant to make quite good pets.

@Mr Peabody - my problem with this story is not whether a ferret is capable of chewing fingers off, it`s more about why it would choose to do so, and how it managed to do so without waking up the mother who was present. This story is much more about `bad parents` than `demonic ferret`. However if you want to sensationalise ferrets as the big bad go ahead. When treated well, they are pretty docile animals.
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Male 1,920
and finally,

"Not saying a ferret can`t inflict nasty wounds on a child, but, please, stop with the hysteria now."

Please tell that to the baby with no fingers.

Getting off soapbox now.
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Male 1,920
cont.
"Ferrets have four types of teeth (the number includes maxillary (upper) and mandibular (lower) teeth)

* Twelve small teeth (only a couple of millimeters) located between the canines in the front of the mouth. These are known as the incisors and are used for grooming.

* Four canines used for killing prey.

* Twelve premolar teeth that the ferret uses to chew food -- located at the sides of the mouth, directly behind the canines. The ferret uses these teeth to cut through flesh, using them in a scissors action to cut the meat into digestible chunks.

* Six molars (two on top and four on the bottom) at the far back of the mouth are used to crush food.

I find it amazing that people refuse to entertain the idea that their beloved pets are still animals and can behave like animals. There is enough evidence to suggest that ferrets are hunters and kill and eat the flesh of prey.

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Male 3,431
Honestly, how can any one here blame the parents? Who among you would *EVER* suspect a ferret is gonna eat your goddamn baby`s fingers!? Yes it sucks horribly for the kid, but quit acting like *ANY* of you retards would have seen this coming!
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Male 311
that was one of the most poorly written articles I`ve ever read
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Male 1,920
Cont.

"Concern was raised that these animals would eventually prey on indigenous wildlife once rabbit populations dropped, and this is exactly what happened to New Zealand bird species which previously had no mammalian predators."

"Ferrets are obligate carnivores. The natural diet of their wild ancestors consisted of whole small prey, i.e., meat, organs, bones, skin, feathers, and fur."

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Male 1,920
@MattPrince
"@mr Peabody - there is no such thing as a wild ferret - do you mean polecat?"
I did not write the articles referenced, but a ferret is a "domesticated" polecat, and any domesticated animal still will retain behaviors from their wild cousins.

Ferrets have been used for hunting and and controlling rabbit populations.

"For millennia, the main use of ferrets was for hunting, or ferreting. With their long, lean build, and inquisitive nature, ferrets are very well equipped for getting down holes and chasing rodents and rabbits out of their burrows. Caesar Augustus sent ferrets or mongooses (named "viverrae" by Plinius) to the Balearic Islands to control the rabbit plagues in 6 BC."

"In 1877, farmers in New Zealand demanded that ferrets be introduced into the country to control the rabbit population, which was also introduced by humans."
Female 158
1. Dumbasses you don`t deserve a ferret, get a license and learn how to care for it properly.
2. Dumbasses you don`t deserve a baby, get a license and learn how to care for it properly.
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Female 2
@AnImbroglio

So they eat rats and snakes but have a hard time chewing through soft baby skin and bones?
Dogs bite but I`ve never heard of one just eating someone`s fingers. Yes, dogs have eaten people, but they usually eat about half.
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Male 794
WTF, thats just bad parenting and a freaky ferret, poor baby, thats just stupid parenting
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Female 2,525
Poor kid, forced to be raised by idiots.
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Male 6,694
Ferrets stink.
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Female 185
I can see some child and animal neglect charges, probably some drug charges, and a long battle with DCS in the future for these people. I am so sorry for this baby, but at least she is young enough to forget this. She`ll have an interesting story one day with no memory of the pain. But then again, she`ll also have to write with her toes.
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Male 3,364
@slothofDoom: Bra-farking-vo!
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Female 4,039
When I read the link title I was like, well, at least it won`t be a baby. :O
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Male 988
"The parents have decided to get rid of the ferret and get a fennec fox instead."
No they got a honey badger when they saw this photo:

They just thought it had to be such a cute, peaceful animal.
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Male 988
I definitely can`t show this to my friend. She is a ferret fanatic.
The owners of the ferret were probably not taking care of it right or something. Most animals wont bite or attack unless threatened, starved, etc. I`ve held a few LARGE pythons that could eat my whole goddamn hand (that had been fed a healthy meal) and not gotten bit.
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Male 2,220
As for the ferret owners who do not think their pet can break skin with its teeth. You do know when your pet bites you its just an affectionate nibble right?

My family used to have an alsation-rottweiler cross who bit me on the face whilst I was 18 months old, during a powercut. I`ve still got the faint scars 40 years later, but the fact that I`m still here proves it wasn`t on purpose...
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Male 7,378
I`m sure the ferret was "tamed" and "domesticated". The parents have decided to get rid of the ferret and get a fennec fox instead.
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Male 2,220
@mr Peabody - there is no such thing as a wild ferret - do you mean polecat? Since when has suckling animals been a large part of their diet?
Aren`t they more likely to be attracted by a noise resembling that of a distressed rabbit than the smell of milk.
Also this `hundreds of rapid bites` smells of bs - typical mustelidae biting technique is a single fatal bite to the back of the neck.
Not saying a ferret can`t inflict nasty wounds on a child, but, please, stop with the hysteria now.
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Male 328
Seven?! Seriously? These parents just made this kid`s life that much harder.
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Female 12
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Male 1,920
Apparently the child had been bitten twice before by the ferret.

Update with video
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Male 1,920
Cont.

From Bitten: True Medical Stories of Bites and Stings

“In 1988, physicians in Denver, Colorado reported three cases of severe facial injuries to infants from attacks by pet ferrets. All three involved babies less than five months old, left briefly unattended in their cribs. In one of the cases, a three-month-old girl was placed in her crib with her bottle. In just a few minutes, the family ferret managed to climb in and chew off forty percent of both her ears. Another patient in the series, a six-week-old boy, lost most of his left ear and, in another report, a baby girl lost her nose to a ferret attack.”

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Male 1,920
Hate to say it, but the people who say ferrets can`t do this are just being naieve. In the wild ferrets prey upon suckling young animals, and it is believed that they are attracted to the smell of milk that triggers this instinct.

From PEDIATRICS Vol. 79 No. 4 April 1987, pp. 617

"Some 33 infants and young children have been reported in California as having been attacked by pet European ferrets"
"The animals seem attracted to babies, perhaps due to odors resembling those of suckling rabbits. Typically, attacks are made when parents are absent or asleep"
"One infant died; others nearly bled to death. One lost her nose, another half of both ears. Up to hundreds of bites were rapidly inflicted on all parts of the face, the result resembling ground beef according to some observers, although al
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Male 1,108
[quote]Could have happened with any animal.[/quote]

A frog perhaps? Or maybe a slug.
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Female 34
sad story.
but did anyone else notice how it seems as though a child wrote the article, look ow many times the use the word `said` tey constantly say "ambrose said"
like for e.g look at this bit :
Ambrose said he wasn`t aware Tuesday of whether the family was made aware of the Shriner`s interest in baby`s case. The baby is the care of Children`s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, which is 25 miles west of Grain Valley, Ambrose said.


they use ambrose said twice referring to te same thing hahahaaa
i`m sorry it was just making me lol :`)
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Male 620
Meh, i have two small children and two ferrets, both get free reign of the house, both have a lot of fun with each other... but they dont nibble on each other.

The baby tried to eat the ferrets tail once, but i digress.

Bad pet owners, bad parents. Could have happened with any animal.
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Male 2,988
wow, that sucks
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Male 3,076
[quote]difficulty with a leaf. [/quote]
and that babies have very delicate and soft bones...

damn that sucks
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Male 2,419
To everyone saying a ferret couldn`t manage to chew through flesh/tendons of a BABY: Please explain how they manage to survive in the wild as carnivores with teeth that would have difficulty with a leaf.
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Female 1,803
Before I read the article I expected it to be a rehash of a woman`s story on a plastic surgery show I saw last year. When she was a baby, the family ferret got into her crib and chewed her nose and part of the rest of her face off. Her theory was it smelled the milk on her breath and started chewing away. She was seeing a plastic surgeon to make all the work that had be done over the years to reconstruct her face look better. In the end, she couldn`t get the surgery because she wouldn`t quit smoking and the doctor refused to risk the surgery.
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Male 423
``the parents were asleep and did not heard the baby cry`` you should read ``the parents were high crack/meth/smack and did not gave half a poo about the baby``
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Female 142
:(
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Male 721
I haven`t read the comments but you guys probably already came up with this conclusion but i think the dog did it and their covering up for it by blaming it on the ferret?
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Male 139
is this for real? it seems like they are quoting one person, but are saying "said" ever other word.
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Male 2,033
I guess that kid gave pet ownership.... *puts on sunglasses* .....the finger.



YEAAAAHHH!!
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Male 2,402
Really!? Ya think.
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Male 2,700
...........At least cats wait until you are dead.
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Female 131
I have a pet ferret that`s about 6 months now...this is totally sketchy and screams bad pet owner. *sigh* really unfortunate for that kid.
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Male 96
@BakedBrotato
I refuse to believe this. He may have told you that, but it cannot be true. How do you wake up to that "on several occasions"? No way, the foreskin would be gone or the ferret would be, possibly both.
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Male 10,845
You know they tell you DON`T PUT YOUR FINGERS NEAR THESE THINGS!!!


That should especially apply for LITTLE CHILDREN!
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Male 734
This baby must have been screaming for HOURS while this was happening. What in the world is going on with the stupid parents? Were they sleeping with earplugs in or something?
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Female 9
@5Cats: I`m not sure if your aware or not... but dogs chew things. Thats why they make chew toys for them. It just seems way more likely that this is the doing of a dog and not a ferret. Also according to the article the baby wasn`t in a crib.
"It jumped into the rocker thing that the baby was sleeping in and ate seven of its fingers."
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Male 47
I had a friend in high school who had a ferret that would go into his room at night and chew on his foreskin. He woke up to that on several occasions. I bet he`d sh*t his pants if he saw this story.
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Female 536
So sad for that poor kid. Yet another example of some dumbf*ck parents making bad choices that screw up their kids :(
All pets, even the really cute ones, are still irrational animals and should NEVER be left alone with children for any reason! This sort of thing happens way too often
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Female 676
I absolutely agree with CmdrBittles and evilangel79.


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Female 1,172
@leahers: Ferrets are not terrible things to have around small children. Bad parents/pet owners are.

Ferrets are carnivores by nature, but unless they are live prey fed (which most owners don`t do) they generally have no interest in meat of any kind. I`ve tried feeding mine chicken and other meats but they are only interested in their kibble. Ferrets are quite sensitive in nature and if you don`t provide them with food they become sad and will develop stress ulcers and just wait for death via starvation. Unless this is a wild ferret that came into their home, it`s unlikely that a normal, healthy pet ferret would do this.

Also, how fast do you think a 2 lb animal can chew that many fingers off? If you`ve ever been bitten by a ferret, you know it would take hours. My one used to grab my foot and try and "save" me from the shower. Yeah, it hurts when they grind their teeth into you, but I`ve never had them draw blood. A kittens teeth are far sharper than a fer
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Female 44
i like the tone of the article.
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Female 130
i have heard of this happening before, ferrets are terrible pets to have around small children.
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Female 249
i hate to break it to you but a ferret is a ferret and a rat is a rat.
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Female 13
I agree that a ferret is completely capable of gnawing off tiny baby fingers...have you seen the teeth on those things?? But do you have any idea how long it would take the thing to gnaw off SEVEN fingers??? How to you sleep through the cries of child having its fingers EATEN??? And in defense of the ferret, it should have been in a cage to begin with and I can`t even imagine how hungry it had to have been to resort to eating a baby.
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Male 838
And I have to agree with the others here. It is HIGHLY unlikely the ferret did this. I own two, and they will ONLY eat their special food. As in, they would literally starve if you left them with something else. And I`ve been bitten by them. It`s not hard enough to draw blood, much less tear ligaments or tendons.
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Male 838
Umm. Ferrets aren`t rats. In fact, they eat rats. And snakes. They`re kin to mongoose. Not rats. And any idiot who owns a pet and isn`t responsible enough to watch it around children doesn`t deserve pets or children.
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Male 2,796
Another good reason to require licenses to own a pet AND to have children.
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Male 2,419
"Do you know how tiny a six month old ferret is?"

a six month old ferret is essentially fully grown
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Male 120
I hate to break this to people, but ferret are rats, nasty vermin... My cats would eat those rotten buggers..
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Male 8
"I was thinkink it ate the owners penis or something."

I`m sure you were, Mister No-Soul.
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Male 931
I was thinkink it ate the owners penis or something.
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Male 36,509
@sneakyburger The DOG did it? Then the necropsy will likely clear the ferret, but I seriously doubt it. A dog could bite off the whole hand (unless it was a tiny dog, but how would a tiny dog get into the baby`s crib?) and wouldn`t nibble off fingers, off BOTH hands. Logic fail.

[quote]gives new meaning to `finger food`, doesn`t it.[/quote]
Bad @Gerry1of1 BAD! Goto your `bad boy` corner at once!
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Male 36,509
They let the ferret run loose at night? Darwin strikes again!
@dweezil the ferret could have gnawed the fingers off, think of that? Sickening I know, but I don`t trust ferrets farther than I can throw them, personally.
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Male 1,054
or the parents injured the baby, and then killed the ferret and blamed it, hoping for sympathy and to get in less trouble.
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Female 843
I used to have a ferret, he was bitten by a spider when he was about 6 years old and died. Anyway, I don`t think that little baby ferret would just up and do something like that. They probably hardly fed it. Those parents suck all around at life :(
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Female 1,894
haha i liek that derp picture... but my cheez-its dont taste good anymore :(
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Female 1,593
This is disgusting. It makes my heart hurt.

Also all you people saying it would be impossible for a ferret to do that, have you seen tiny baby fingers?
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Male 125
Survival of the fittest: Ferrets > Babies
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Male 662
@sneakyburger This is not the first time. They are known for eating things when they get hungry. This is why many states had laws, because of this.
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Female 220
I would have smashed that ferret with a hammer, or something, until you couldn`t even make out what it was.
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Female 32
I have two ferrets and I second sneakyburgers motion. You people really think a ferret could do this? Do you know how tiny a six month old ferret is? And yes I have been bitten by a ferret before. Theres no way a six month old ferret would have the jaw strength to do that... or a full grown ferret for that matter.
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Female 83
Actually, I`ve heard a lot of stories of ferrets biting children..
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Male 1,249
This sounds seriously fishy. If you have ever been close to a ferret you would know this is not normal in the least.
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Male 37,889
gives new meaning to `finger food`, doesn`t it.
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Female 9
Wow people actually believe a ferret could have done this?! No way a creature that small can bite though bone, even a babies bones. That just doesn`t make any sense. I`ve been bitten by ferrets before, it didn`t even come close to the bone. It broke the skin and bled a little bit. For it to actually chew though SEVEN of the babies fingers it would take hours upon hours... and if the parents didn`t notice the baby crying and screaming by then they should be in jail for neglect.

Also it ATE the fingers? I don`t think so. Ferrets aren`t that big and unlike humans, other animals don`t generally keep eating if they are full.

My guess? Their dog did it and to protect the dog they are blaming it on the ferret.
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Male 3
Guess who`s got two thumbs and bad parents?
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Male 5,194
I HATE ferrets! Damn bitey-rat-things. Worst pet ever.
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Male 2,419
@SapphireHart
I like how you really know your stuff! When a journalist writes a quote they don`t change the words.
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Female 803
Let me just add, as bad as it sounds, throwing the animal across the room does sound like a fairly normal reaction to seeing it eat your baby`s fingers.
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Male 1,931
It`s an animal, it saw a potential meal and ate. Can`t be mad at it for it`s nature, it`s a drating animal. Granted, if it was my child I would cut the things head off, but still.
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Female 803
They sound like a bunch of hicks. Let a series of unfortunate events and a lack of education on a pet induce a freakout and subsequent attempt to ban ferrets in yet another place, thanks to morons and helicopter parents.
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Male 2,419
Seems simple to me.

1. Shoot the parents.
2. Use parts of them to replace the fingers and save the lives of many remotely decent people waiting on organ transplants.
3. Find decent parents for the child.
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Male 559
frEbAsnSuga-So, it`s the ferret`s fault that the parents didn`t have it secured?

One charge each of child neglect, and one charge of animal cruelty for the father. (??) For the child`s sake, I hope he is taken away, and for humanity`s sake, I hope those people never reproduce again.

White trash, FTW.
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Male 2,332
Have to agree with Msieg007.
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Female 133
Now that poor baby has to go through the rest of his life with a disability that he didn`t ask for. I don`t feel sorry for the rodent. The parents should have had it secured.
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Male 1,312
Wow that is just sad and weird
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Female 1,172
WTF? I have a ferret, had 2...and my one was a biter when we first got him, but he never drew blood, he was just a pain in the ass until we broke him of the habit (the previous owners taught him it was okay to bite). I have my current one free roam in my bedroom. Maybe one day he will snap and chew my toes off while I sleep. O_O
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Female 2,674
Wow. Horrible. I would maybe want no fingers rather than toe fingers...

Ambrose sounds like the dumbest Chief of Police ever.
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Male 2,229
I agree with msieg007, double Fail. Poor ferret and baby both are overly young and both had inadequate supervision.
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Female 3,598
how is this possible!? ferrets aren`t normally agressive or bloodthirsty...
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Male 787
That is simply horrifying...Imagine growing up without fingers..
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Male 554
definitely a contender for parents of the year
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Female 412
"It jumped into the rocker thing" I like how these journalists really know their stuff!
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Male 2,034
Parenting FAIL.

Pet owning FAIL.


DOUBLE FAIL!!!
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Male 168
That`s just disturbing
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Male 15,510
That is why we should stick with just dogs and cats
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Male 2,893
I feel worse for the ferret, sorry.
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Female 683
That`s drating awful.
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Male 4,746
I owned ferrets for many years. I can safely say that, when properly raised, they are perfectly fine. This is just as shocking to hear as it would be to hear about the family dog doing it...
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Male 702
Link: A Missouri Family Pet Ferret Ate What?! [Rate Link] - Sure, ferrets are cute, but after reading this, how safe do you feel with one in your house?
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