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A Missouri Family Pet Ferret Ate What?!

Hits: 22970 | Rating: (2.4) | Category: Weird | Added by: kangoala
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Male, 30-39, Southern US
 412 Posts
Saturday, February 05, 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.

Female, 40-49, Midwest US
 1805 Posts
Saturday, February 05, 2011 1:06:29 PM
And finally

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.

Male, 30-39, Australia
 25267 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 7:23:51 PM

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1795 Posts
Friday, February 04, 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.

And finally

Girls who's face was eaten by ferret

Male, 40-49, Europe
 2223 Posts
Friday, February 04, 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.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 511 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 1:43:33 PM
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.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1795 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 12:57:09 PM

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

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1795 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 12:55:04 PM

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

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1795 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 12:37:43 PM

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.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 2223 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 10:51:23 AM
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.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 2223 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 10:47:45 AM
@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.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1795 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 10:39:17 AM
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.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1795 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 10:21:07 AM
"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.

Male, 30-39, Western US
 3445 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 10:20:56 AM
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!

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 310 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 10:13:24 AM
that was one of the most poorly written articles I've ever read

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1795 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 10:01:17 AM

"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."


Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1795 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 9:50:57 AM
"@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, 13-17, Canada
 158 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 9:22:03 AM
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.

Female, 18-29, Southern US
 2 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 8:54:45 AM

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.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 795 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 8:26:05 AM
WTF, thats just bad parenting and a freaky ferret, poor baby, thats just stupid parenting

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 2524 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 8:06:41 AM
Poor kid, forced to be raised by idiots.

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 6716 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 7:50:00 AM
Ferrets stink.

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 185 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 6:59:52 AM
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.

Male, 40-49, Southern US
 3304 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 6:44:54 AM
@slothofDoom: Bra-farking-vo!

Female, 40-49, Eastern US
 3948 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 6:19:58 AM
When I read the link title I was like, well, at least it won't be a baby. :O

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