Saturday, February 5, 2011 10:09:41 PM
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.
Girl who's face was eaten by ferret ---------------
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.
Friday, February 4, 2011 2:59:34 PM
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.
Friday, February 4, 2011 2:24:04 PM
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.