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Ferret Chewed Off Baby’s Fingers

January 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm by  

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — Police were called to a home early Monday morning after receiving a call that an infant had been attacked by the family’s pet ferret.

When they arrived they found a 4-month-old boy missing some fingers. It seems as if the ferret had gotten into where the boy was sleeping and started chewing off all his fingers. By the time the parents realized what was happening, the boy only had three fingers left; two thumbs and a pinkie.

The father killed the ferret after seeing what it had done. “(I want) to know why the ferret was not locked up properly, secured, especially with an infant in the household,” Sharon Cannon of the Kansas City Ferret Hotline said. She’s not the only one. Because of the severity of the injuries, the Grain Valley Police Department and the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office are now investigating the case.

I hope that this is just a case of an animal getting out of its cage or something. But as we’ve seen before with snakes and even raccoons, some of you pet owners are just absolute morons. I will never understand why a parent would allow an animal, any animal, to have access to an unsupervised infant.

I will also never understand how, in all the cases I just linked to, no one woke up sooner to investigate why the hell their infant was screaming his head off. Ridiculous. When my kid was 4-months-old, the sound of him farting at night was equivalent to someone throwing a chair through the patio doors. I’d bolt upright from a deep sleep while my brain screamed SIDS!

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  • Wanderer

    They didn’t realize what was happening until the kid had two thumbs and a pinkie left????? Are you kidding me?! How long did they let him cry before they decided to check on him? I’m sure these weren’t normal cries, either. If my fingers were being chewed off, I’d be screaming in excruciating pain, as I’m sure this poor 4-month-old was. How awful!

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  • Anonymous

    I guarantee that this wasn’t normal crying, I’m pretty sure it would be the same bloodcurdling scream that I would hear from my daughter when we had to change her diaper while she had a bad case of diaper rash.

  • Athena

    Three fingers TOTAL?!? I thought we were talking about one hand, and “two thumbs and a pinkie” was a typo. This vile animal had time to chew off seven fingers?

    Where the hell were the parents? If your defenseless infant is going to sleep somewhere away from you, you take the appropriate steps, including closing the fucking door behind you if you own an animal. Any animal.

    …But especially a creepy, stinky, neurotic fucking ferret.

  • Anonymous

    We have a ferret named Bueller and he pretty much has the run of the house. He’s like a cat, he uses a litter box and plays with the dogs. When we get home he wants cuddles and loves just like the dogs. However, my children are 18 and 14, no way would I let that overgrown rat run around willy nilly if I had a baby around. When my son was born we got rid of our only pet (tarantula) and didn’t get any more pets until the kids were older…I don’t trust most adults around my kids, let alone an unpredictable animal.

  • Anonymous

    We have a ferret named Bueller and he pretty much has the run of the house. He’s like a cat, he uses a litter box and plays with the dogs. When we get home he wants cuddles and loves just like the dogs. However, my children are 18 and 14, no way would I let that overgrown rat run around willy nilly if I had a baby around. When my son was born we got rid of our only pet (tarantula) and didn’t get any more pets until the kids were older…I don’t trust most adults around my kids, let alone an unpredictable animal.

  • Omalley

    Each of our babies slept in our room till they were sleeping through the night without a feeding, and like Morbid, I woke up immediately at the slightest sound from them. This baby must’ve been screaming bloody murder, how come no one checked on him?! Really tragic.

  • Anonymous

    Ferrets are basically weasels… and, weasels of ANY kind are sneaky little critters, that are surprisingly ferocious for their size, and are, quite frankly… a creepy choice of ‘family pet’.
    Wolverines— like, ferrets— belong to the weasel family.

    Pet Weasel + Unattended Infant = (BAD PARENTING) ²

    Seriously, people should be required to take and pass a licensing exam before owning any animal… and DEFINITELY before being allowed to procreate!

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    Sorry for the account confusion. Glad to see you got it all figured out.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EWC2FXKPHN7N7MZU3IAYBEEH24 Kathryn B

    I have two ferrets, and they only ever bite one thing: the cat when she keeps slapping them around with her paw. I don’t get what would make a ferret do that. Either way…Why the hell would you leave a baby all alone, even if you had no animals at all?

  • Athena

    Well, I get the “leaving a baby alone” thing IF the kid is napping in its crib… and the nursery happens to be on, say, the second floor or another wing of the house. But that’s why they make doors and monitors with 1000ft+ ranges.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EWC2FXKPHN7N7MZU3IAYBEEH24 Kathryn B

    Yeah. I’m kinda getting the feeling that they left the baby on the floor or the couch or something to sleep while they went off and did their own thing. I don’t see a ferret climbing all the way into a crib.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EWC2FXKPHN7N7MZU3IAYBEEH24 Kathryn B

    Yeah. I’m kinda getting the feeling that they left the baby on the floor or the couch or something to sleep while they went off and did their own thing. I don’t see a ferret climbing all the way into a crib.

  • Anonymous

    @Athena
    You are so right… ferrets are wretched, stinky, and neurotic…
    You gotta watch them like a hawk, every second. Unprovoked, they’ve been known to attack and kill their owner’s house cats and even their dogs. WHY do people keep these things as pets???
    They’re friggin’ weasels, FFS!

    Where I’m from, in the winter when food is scarce, weasels have been known to bite chickens right through the wire of their coop, exsanguinate the birds and make a meal of their blood, if they can’t actually get into the coop to get the whole bird. Farmers will find the chickens shriveled up and dead, but still in their cage the next morning.
    Weasels are evil, sneaky, little FUCKERS!

    That being said, though…
    These so-called “parents”, were apparently, able to ignore their infant—who MUST have been screaming in AGONY— long enough that SEVEN of his fingers were chewed-off before they even bothered to check on him!

    If their own BABY wasn’t getting checked on promptly— when being eaten ALIVE— I somehow doubt the ferret was garnering the care it needed, either.

    When a pet ferret decides to attack an infant, and then dine on his digits… It makes me wonder if they were neglecting to FEED the critter, as WELL as neglecting to securely cage it.
    This baby wasn’t just viciously attacked/bitten.
    The ferret actually ATE him.
    That’s usually only something a starving animal will do to a human.

    These people should have all animals AND all children removed from their care, pronto.
    Then they should be forcibly sterilized…. WITHOUT anesthesia, so they can get a taste of what their helpless baby went through!

  • Anonymous

    When my kid was 4-months-old, the sound of him farting at night was equivalent to someone throwing a chair through the patio doors. I’d bolt upright from a deep sleep while my brain screamed SIDS!

    Oh my God! Morbid, not only do you have a soul, it is kind, good, and loving. Stop it…your wrecking DD for me.

  • Athena

    I’ve gotta disagree with you about the idea that usually only starving animals chew on babies. Many animals, including humans, are opportunity feeders. Even when domesticated and on a regimented feeding schedule, they’re programmed as though they don’t know when their next meal is coming, so they’ll feed even if they’re full. It’s a contributing factor to the obesity epidemic. There’s so much access to food, and some people will eat whenever food is available, because that’s what we’re programmed to do.

    This isn’t the first or last story I’ll read about an animal chewing off a baby’s digits. The last one I read was about a Jack Russel. No mention of the animals being under-fed.

    I only contest that particular point because I’d hate for some parent out there to get the impression, “Oh, my animal is well-fed; hell, it’s fat. So it would never do something like this.” Even the best tended animals are capable of something like this.

  • Athena

    It could have happened either way. In the instance I mentioned in the above reply to Farce-scape involving the Jack Russel (a small dog, for those unfamiliar), the dog managed to get up into the crib to chew the child’s toes off. So, yeah, animals are plenty capable and motivated to get up into a crib if necessary.

  • melb1970

    OMG that poor child, what the heck were the parents doing? Not to hear their kids cries?

  • Jessie

    That rat (ferret) had enough time to take off 7 fingers! omfg! what in the hell were the parents doing and are they deaf? That poor baby, the pain he must have felt.

  • Anonymous

    He talks big, but he’s a softie under all that bullshit and bluster. At least, that’s what Jaded tells me ;)

  • Anonymous

    Exactly. We had three ferrets, and Fergus, our dark-eyed white, was the smartest, most affectionate pet you could ever ask for. I still miss him and would probably swap a close family member for him without blinking. He had the run of our house, like a cat, until we got him siblings. The other two were “special” and could not be trusted. Seriously. They were idiots. Even Fergus, though, would have never, ever been allowed to be in a room with a child of any age alone, both for the protection of the child and the ferret. Ferrets weigh, like, 3 pounds. Even so, they are a huge threat to baby animals and eggs. That’s a preferred food item in Ferretland. “Working” ferrets (yes, there are working ferrets. They run cable and wiring and such.) are generally fed a diet of day old baby chicks. Newborns smell like dinner. That this ferret was allowed to roam with a defenseless infant in the house is criminal neglect. I can’t stand idiots who buy pets of any calibre, let alone an “exotic” like a ferret, without doing the proper research and reading. They are not cats. They are not dogs. They are not rodents. They are predators with an absolute lack of fear or concern for consequences with an irrepressible curiosity. Under the right circumstances, they can be fantastic pets, but I do not thing that a home with children is one of them.

  • Anonymous

    Point taken.

    The behavior of both pets AND kids can be unpredictable. It’s always a good idea to watch carefully when mixing the two!

  • Anonymous

    JFC. Clearly my state is once again leading the way in Why Morons And Babies Don’t Mix.

    For what it’s worth, my sister in law is hearing impaired. Her aide dog is a Rottweiler, and she has a cat (but not a ferret). Neither of her children have ever been bitten by an animal, not even when bats invaded her house overseas and kept creeping up on the babies, both of whom are under four. Why? Because she’s a vigilant parent who keeps her children close, uses lighted monitors, wakes up easily, loves her children, and pays attention. It’s not that hard. So even if these asshat parents are Deaf, that’s not really an excuse.

    More likely they were hiiiiiiiigh, hammered, making more noise of their own, or neglectful prior to this incident, and probably a combination of those.

  • Athena

    Tru ‘dat.

  • http://twitter.com/Catwomansixtsix Julie Doxtator

    Um….maybe if the pet had been properly fed & cared for it wouldn’t have happened. And the father killed it???? He needs to be charged for animal cruelty AND being a clueless, neglectful parent.

  • Anonymous

    hey girl heeeyyy ;)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5WYTW5UWWTGEKN4L2HBZ7I4E5E Zazen

    On the contrary, ferrets are excellent climbers. A ferret could easily climb up into a crib, and even get under a closed door if there’s two inches clearance. Still, the fact they allowed their ferret unsupervised run of the house is terribly negligent.

  • Anonymous

    I understand that sometimes kids just wanna cry & they might’ve thought that it was just one of those times… my daughter screams like she’s been shot because we put her in the living room (where we can see & reach her) so that she plays & she doesn’t want to (she’s 2 & toddlers are all drama & giggles).

    With that said, my 2 month old sometimes just wants to cry & hubby & I get to a point where we can’t take it. We let him cry all he wants to, in the living room, where we can both turn our heads & see what’s happening to him.

    I don’t understand why someone would want a ferret for a pet. I don’t particularly care for them nor do I found them funny, especially after that pic Morbid posted next to the article.

  • Anonymous

    I love my ferret but when I am not playing with her she is caged. I do however let her have free roam of the house when she is out playing and my 3 year old loves her as much if not more than I do. She loves it when people are wearing socks. She wont bite at your feet unless you are wearing socks and she wont play with socks unless they are on your feet. She is a strange little rascal she loves to lick and has never shown any violent tendencies outside of play. She has never bit anyone just to bite them but she will nip hard enough to leave a mark but not break the skin durring play. It does scare me that one day she will latch onto my pinky toe while wearing socks and not let go lol. With all this said I dont leave my child alone with my ferret it’s because I dont trust him, she is a little critter plus she has some wicked little teeth. Just because she has been harmless thus far doesnt mean she doesnt have the capability of lashing out. She does let him pick her up and carry her all over the house and love on her its awesome. I would have to say the parents in this story are retarded unless they have a 3yr old like I do that will let her out of her cage without permission I even have a child saftey lock on the cage that boy is as crafty as she is. Ok I gotta wrap this one up. NEVER LEAVE SMALL CHILDREN OR INFANTS ALONE WITH ANY TYPE OF PET!

  • http://twitter.com/JezzyWolfe Jezzy Wolfe

    This goes to show how many people are ABSOLUTELY IGNORANT about ferrets. No, they are NOT weasels. Domesticated ferrets have been kept as pets for the past 2500 years and they have NO wild instincts. The only thing that brings on a ferret attack is when the ferret is threatened and defending itself… much like EVERY SINGLE OTHER PET YOU CAN OWN. Cats and dogs most definitely included, and I don’t see any of you talking about what disgusting pets they make. So give all that hypocrisy a rest please,

    According to the news broadcast, the baby was actually asleep in his rocker and a parent was asleep in the same room with him. The same room??? Really? Ferrets don’t have huge mouths, it would take a lot of chewing to gnaw 7 fingers beyond repair. A dog, however, could remove those fingers quite quickly. All the same, this is not a case of a vicious ferret. I can almost guarantee that the ferret story is a ruse to cover the parents’ asses for nothing short of NEGLIGENCE. There is no way they couldn’t have heard a screaming baby, ESPECIALLY when they’re in the same room. If it really was the ferret, they would have been able to stop him before he mangled the first finger. fact is, no matter what actually happened to the baby’s fingers, it would not have happened at all had the baby been asleep in his crib where he belonged. And before anyone chooses to argue those details, here is a direct copy of the news article:

    “According to the police report, the baby was in a rocker and the parents fell asleep, one in the bedroom, the other in the same room where the attack occurred.”

    I have 7 ferrets. They are NOT weasels, not raccoons. Saying that is ABSOLUTELY no different than comparing a labrador to a wolf. They are no more vile and disgusting than cats, and are most often FAR more social and docile than cats. Look it up. My heart breaks for that ferret. And I also feel horrible for that baby… he has complete idiots for parents.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    This goes to show how many people are ABSOLUTELY IGNORANT about ferrets. No, they are NOT weasels.

    While technically a ferret is not a weasel, ferrets are a member of the weasel family.

    My guess is the parents are lying about sleeping in the same room or near the baby and have no doubt the ferret did this to the infant. Not in an attack, but just doing what ferrets do — chew things. God knows when I managed pet stores, we sold a shitload of chew toys for the stinky buggers.

  • http://twitter.com/JezzyWolfe Jezzy Wolfe

    I should have rethought my statement, as I was fairly flustered when writing it. Ferrets are in the weasel family, but they are not wild animals. They have no survival instincts at all, as it has been bred completely out of them. I agree the parents are lying, but it may well have nothing to do with the ferret at all. The baby was sleeping in a rocker. Should baby fall out of the rocker, isn’t it plausible that the rocker could have mangled the baby’s fingers if they got caught in the mechanisms in its base? (Its unlikely the baby was sleeping in an old fashioned wooden rocker, and newer rockers are actually more like ‘gliders’.) And it is unlikely the parents are gonna fess up to something that completely lays the blame of what happened on them.

    I know ferrets aren’t the ideal pet for everyone. I can accept that. This particular news event paints a very false picture of what ferrets are like, though.

  • Anonymous

    I would think fat animals are the last ones you should trust!

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    I didn’t think it painted a false picture of the ferret at all. It is an animal, a carnivore. It did what animals do. The only thing painted in a bad light in this story, to me, were the parents.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anna-Rivera/100000368245423 Anna Rivera

    in some states there are laws that ban people from having ferrets as pets in the homes where babies are…..and am i the only one that finds it odd that the ferret ate only the fingers?? because ferrets would be attracted to the milk coming from a babies mouth and try to get there, not fingers. All cases ive heard involving ferrets have been attacks round the faces. something is off to me…. This is truely sad and crazy. I hope that baby will recover asap, im praying for him.

  • http://twitter.com/e2ika Erika

    I agree with everything you said, Jezzy. I miss my ferret and all her weird noises. She was the sweetest thing ever. Some people just aren’t fit to be pet owners or parents.

  • Athena

    “They have no survival instincts at all, as it has been bred completely out of them.”

    You must have meant something else. It is impossible to breed out all survival instincts. If this were true, ferrets wouldn’t eat, breed, act aggressively (ever), etc. I’m pretty sure they do all these things.

    And, I hate to say it, but ferret attacks on babies are not entirely uncommon. A quick Google search will locate a dozen or more cases. No, ferrets are not blood-sucking attack weasles, but their track record suggests that they should not have unsupervised access to babies.

  • Athena

    “They have no survival instincts at all, as it has been bred completely out of them.”

    You must have meant something else. It is impossible to breed out all survival instincts. If this were true, ferrets wouldn’t eat, breed, act aggressively (ever), etc. I’m pretty sure they do all these things.

    And, I hate to say it, but ferret attacks on babies are not entirely uncommon. A quick Google search will locate a dozen or more cases. No, ferrets are not blood-sucking attack weasles, but their track record suggests that they should not have unsupervised access to babies.

  • Athena

    “They have no survival instincts at all, as it has been bred completely out of them.”

    You must have meant something else. It is impossible to breed out all survival instincts. If this were true, ferrets wouldn’t eat, breed, act aggressively (ever), etc. I’m pretty sure they do all these things.

    And, I hate to say it, but ferret attacks on babies are not entirely uncommon. A quick Google search will locate a dozen or more cases. No, ferrets are not blood-sucking attack weasles, but their track record suggests that they should not have unsupervised access to babies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lana.reynolds Lana Reynolds

    I have a pet ferret, and she’s the sweetest pet ever! They get a bad rep from ferrets like this one. She loves kids more than she likes adults. As soon as I get her out of the cage all she wants to do is cuddle. My son was three when we got her, she’s been nothing but sweet to him. She has no problem beating up other animals who try and mess with her though, all she has to do is look at a dog and they’re scared of her. I would never leave her out and about though, especially if my son had been younger. If not only for her safety! Ferrets LOVE to get into mischief.. We’ve had her for five years now, and our time is running out with her, it will be a sad day to see her leave us… Not all ferrets are crazy evil things..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K7AV6PDWGQSUYTMJ3FBGLCSIZE Shyla Tessmer

    Finally!!! What a relief it is to find a few intelligent people on this forum. I am a proud ferret mom and have been for the past 11 years. I cannot even fathom how a story of this nature can be true. It is amazing how quick people are to judge the whole species when a report of an “animal attack” is released. Does anyone ever stop to realize that is what this is? It’s a story, released by the media. We all know how truthful the media are, don’t we? I will fully defend ferrets with everything that I have. They are wonderful, intelligent animals and in my years of having them, they have never hurt a fly. Having said that, they are animals, and in drastic circumstances an animal pushed to its breaking point will defend itself if need be. Obviously these parents were neglectful in leaving their animal roam in a house where the infant’s safety was not ensured. Who says they were then also not neglectful in the treatment of their pet? A ferret does not just gnaw on a human finger for the heck of it, much less seven of them, without feeling like it is starved to death. Before you judge, maybe you should back up your opinion with some real life tragic experiences you’ve had with a ferret where there was no good reason for them. Until you have that, just keep your uninformed “knowledge” of ferrets to your ignorant selves. This is a sad story all around for baby and ferret.

  • Anonymous

    For just a second there I thought you meant you’d given birth to a ferret.

    I was like “ferret mom? How does she type? Damn, they *are* intelligent”. Then I remembered that LOLferret, the one where he can’t spell, and I was all “but they can’t spell tho”. And then I was like “maybe we should see if ferrets routinely neglect or eat their young” and sure enough, just like a damn hamster, they eat ‘em. So if they’ll eat their babies, why in the world wouldn’t they eat some human baby fingers? I hear baby fingers taste just like chicken.

  • Anonymous

    Ferrets commonly “chew” on fingers, even more so on small children. It’s the part that usually is moving and drawing their attention. One of the golden rules in co-habituating children and ferrets is to teach your child to move very slowly around the ferret. If you yank your hand away quickly they will attack with more then just a nip. Another is to never ever leave your ferret unsupervised (even if you don’t have children). Anyone who’s had a ferret truly bite you (not just a nip that doesn’t drawn blood) knows exactly how hard it is to get them to release the bite, now imagine that on a baby who probably can’t even fully roll over. Ferrets should NEVER be trusted with a small child or even a full grown adult if they tend to panic when bit. It takes a lot to break a ferret from nipping as it’s instinctual for them, they do it from babies on, no different then how a puppy or child does.

    That being said, I’d never have a ferret around my children (for both their safety), but I won’t blame the ferret for doing what comes natural to it. It’s not the ferrets fault he wasn’t trained properly or that it was left unattended with a baby. It’s not his fault it took the parents hearing the baby scream while 7 fingers where chewed off before coming to check. It’s purely a parental fail. I sincerely hope they take the child away …

  • Anonymous

    A very tragic case for the poor baby, but I would not leap to the conclusion that the ferret is the problem. Ferrets are, on average, no more or less dangerous than other domestic carnivores such as cats or dogs (although their small size makes a truly horrible attack less likely). None of these animals should be alone with an infant or small child. I find it highly unlikely that a ferret would make this attack in the first place, based on the amount of sustained effort it would require to do such terrible injuries with its rather small mouth. Even if it did, the time required would allow an awful lot of baby screaming that would wake anyone in the home who was not very drunk or drugged. A more likely scenario is that one of the large dogs in the home did the damage in two quick bites, then left the room. The ferret was most likely attracted by curiosity about the baby’s cries or perhaps the smell of blood. In any case, the problem here is with parents who were negligent by not supervising a baby when pets are present and/or by being so under the influence as to not wake to a baby’s screaming. I would not give their version of events (including the ferret attack) much credence. My wife and I have dogs, cats and a ferret, and have therefore animal-proofed our baby’s room. She only spends time with our animals with an adult present. So far, the baby has received nary a scratch, but the animals have a number of complaints about her. The ferret has absolutely no interest, positive or negative, in our baby. Almost all cases of animal attacks on small children could be prevented by not keeping particular animals with a history of aggression and/or adult supervision of all child-animal interaction.

  • Anonymous

    No pet should have unsupervised access to a baby, that is certain! Interestingly, a lot of the reported cases of ferrets chewing baby fingers or toes have one thing in common; the home also has at least one puppy. I think a puppy is the likelier culprit, as even a very small one has teeth more likely to cause injury than a ferret.

  • Athena

    Hate to brake it to you, dude… but a ferret bite is pretty easily differentiated from a puppy bite, should an experienced examiner be involved.

  • Athena

    Hate to brake it to you, dude… but a ferret bite is pretty easily differentiated from a puppy bite, should an experienced examiner be involved.

  • Anonymous

    No doubt–if that level of investigation occurs in a non-fatal case. But what is reported in the news in any case is the initial sensational incident, without any such data. Any followup that might have details gets less exposure. All you can be sure of is that an innocent kid suffered due to stupid parents. And I’m not saying a ferret couldn’t harm a child, just that a dog is a likelier culprit. I like dogs more than ferrets, but they are in different leagues in terms of risk of attack.

  • http://twitter.com/lisaznola Lisa Zalewski

    I have had ferrets and a baby as well as a few dogs and cats. I worked at a pet store and I volunteered with a vet’s office.

    Ferrets LOVE dairy products, especially milk and baby formula.
    They are attracted to the smell.
    They are not biting to play with the moving fingers or trying to hurt babies, they are just looking for the milk. That is why many ferret ‘attacks’ on babies include facial injuries.
    Give a ferret a bottle nipple, even after it has been washed. They can smell the formula and they will chew the Hell out of the nipple to try to get the milk out.

    *Milk and dairy are bad for ferrets by the way.

    This ferret gnawed on that baby for quite a while. That baby was screaming. These parents had to have heard something.

  • Anonymous

    Probably make the baby cry itself to sleep don’t pick him up or he’ll get spoiled type morons. That or they were on drugs or drunk or something.

  • Anonymous

    Probably make the baby cry itself to sleep don’t pick him up or he’ll get spoiled type morons. That or they were on drugs or drunk or something.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/scalyreptyle Scaly

    I think the parents should have their own fingers amputated and provided to their son. There is no reason why, due to their neglect, he should have to have his toes removed and used as replacement fingers. The idiot parents have proven they are useless and no longer need their digits. As a father of a toddler, my heart goes out for this poor child who suffered unimaginable pain as this dirty animal slowly chewed through SEVEN fingers. Honestly, I hope someone beats the piss out of the parents. Their guilt is not enough suffering and they will no doubt lie to their child when he asks what happened.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NUJ4PEZ7BWU5L2XGHBZCBP5XPE Momma Nikki aka Tygerlilly

    The mom was IN THE SAME ROOM during the alleged attack, they arent’ even sure if the ferret did it or is being blamed for it. awaiting necropsy results, police have been to their house numerous times for out of control dogs. http://www.grainvalleypointe.com/articles/2011/01/24/news/doc4d3b2b9504cc1916920111.txt

  • Zibarro aka Kryssa

    I read the article – and found nothing about dogs. It spoke of the landlords trying to get these idiot ‘parents’ to give the ferret to an animal rescue organization a few days before the attack … which the dumbasses changed their minds about.
    The only person in this article questioning whether or not the ferret did it – is the woman who rescues ferrets – so she’s gonna be a bit biased in my opinion.
    Guess we’ll have to wait and see…

  • Lizard

    Blah blah blah, personal experience trumps all , so here’s my personal experience. Decades of life with pets, including a guinea pig, multiple cats, 3 dogs (2 of them pit bulls), and 2 ferrets. So there’s the one cat with a penchant for uncovering my ass when I’m asleep and nipping it, but he never (so far; the spunky bastard is still alive) has drawn blood. Otherwise, the worst experience I’ve had with one of my own pets was with the most loved of my 2 ferrets–while I was asleep, he grabbed onto my ear like it was a steak and tried to make off with it. I sat up screeching, and there was blood everywhere. In retrospect, I don’t believe he had the smarts to understand that the ear/steak thingie was attached to the me thingie. Why any parent–or any pet owner–would allow animals into their lives and behave as though those animals think like we do is beyond me. Let me say this another way: I hope to never live a day of the rest of my life that is unaccompanied by at least one companion animal. At the same time, if I reach a point where I cannot serve as the “alpha” in my animal pack, then put me in the nursing home and let me pet that fat, flatulent cat that someone brings around once a month.

  • Parrot Toes

    Hey, I’ve missed you. Where you bin hidin’?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cedric-Denard/675350650 Cedric Denard

    Actually your description of ferrets is way off.I used to own a pet ferret and it was neither stinky,creepy nor neurotic, but it was a wonderful pet.Ferrets only stink if the gland has not been removed and or the owner does not bathe it;they behave sort of like a cross between a dog and a cat,mostly they are cat-like.This story is not the fault of the animal ~ which may have thought the baby’s fingers were small snakes or worms,but the fault of the ignorant people who were responsible for both the ferret and the child.A ferret is basically a wild animal,and these yo-yos let it run free with a baby around;I mean how stupid can you be ? I would be willing to bet that the residence involved was nasty …

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cedric-Denard/675350650 Cedric Denard

    Actually your description of ferrets is way off.I used to own a pet ferret and it was neither stinky,creepy nor neurotic, but it was a wonderful pet.Ferrets only stink if the gland has not been removed and or the owner does not bathe it;they behave sort of like a cross between a dog and a cat,mostly they are cat-like.This story is not the fault of the animal ~ which may have thought the baby’s fingers were small snakes or worms,but the fault of the ignorant people who were responsible for both the ferret and the child.A ferret is basically a wild animal,and these yo-yos let it run free with a baby around;I mean how stupid can you be ? I would be willing to bet that the residence involved was nasty …

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cedric-Denard/675350650 Cedric Denard

    “ferrets are wretched, stinky, and neurotic.Unprovoked, they’ve been known to attack and kill their owner’s house cats and even their dogs.” Seriously,you don’t know what you’re talking about…and a Ferret is not a weasel,they are in the same family,but not THE same animal;you could say they are cousins.If you are going to call a ferret a weasel then you may as well call a Wolverine,Otter or a Badger a weasel, since they are also in the weasel family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cedric-Denard/675350650 Cedric Denard

    “Ferrets are basically weasels” … that statement basically makes no sense.Hmm … I guess some people would say that a dog is “basically” a Wolf or a Human is “basically” a monkey …

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cedric-Denard/675350650 Cedric Denard

    I agree…with most of your comment.I’m wondering about the report that a ferret did this.It sounds more like an abused baby story to me…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cedric-Denard/675350650 Cedric Denard

    “While technically a ferret is not a weasel, ferrets are a member of the weasel family.” technically ? How about its not,there’s no technically to it.A human is not a chimp,a wolf is not a dog … I could go on and on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cedric-Denard/675350650 Cedric Denard

    “While technically a ferret is not a weasel, ferrets are a member of the weasel family.” technically ? How about its not,there’s no technically to it.A human is not a chimp,a wolf is not a dog … I could go on and on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cedric-Denard/675350650 Cedric Denard

    LOL…LOL…LOL…it’s a “carnivore” which enjoys eating canned cat food.Why do you insist on writing like it’s some kind of damned Grizzly Bear?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cedric-Denard/675350650 Cedric Denard

    Well stated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cedric-Denard/675350650 Cedric Denard

    Well stated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cedric-Denard/675350650 Cedric Denard

    Actually the fingers could be mistaken to be small worms or snakes,so the attack is possible.I think something is not right with the parents report however.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cedric-Denard/675350650 Cedric Denard

    Well stated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cedric-Denard/675350650 Cedric Denard

    Well stated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cedric-Denard/675350650 Cedric Denard

    Actually I’m wondering if this was actually a “ferret” attack.The story does not make much sense;usually when a story like this fails to make sense its due to it either being incorrect, or incomplete.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    LOL…LOL…LOL… (what the hell does that even mean? You laughed out loud three times with pauses in between them? Like a crazy person pushing a shopping cart?)…quit acting like I called for ferrets to be burned alive on a cross because they are the sole cause of AIDS.

    I fucking hate ferrets and if you focused some of your time on reading comprehension, you’ll see that while I can’t stand the animals,I still defended this one. I cannot help the fact that some of you like sucking their vaginas and feel the need to come in and defend them from any comment you perceive negative.

    My point is that it is an animal that chews and eats meat, so the fact that it made a snack out of baby fingers isn’t that far-fetched and doesn’t mean I blame the fucking ferret.

    This was purely owner irresponsibility, a fact I alluded to in the article itself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cedric-Denard/675350650 Cedric Denard

    “dirty animal” ??? Seriously,I think you are embellishing here … where does it say that the ferret in question was dirty ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cedric-Denard/675350650 Cedric Denard

    That was some funny stuff.LOL.

  • http://profiles.google.com/bleedingjezebeth Brandon Killmeier

    I agree KB. I had 2 ferrets Bella & Lugosi, Bella passed away yesterday but Lugosi remains. Never had they ever “attempted” to bite anything short of the cats who they played with. My daughter, now 3 played with them more than frequently and the most they did was scratch her when they were doing their “weasel war dance”. She even insisted on sleeping with them which we allowed when it was on the couch in sight of us and never did they harm her or any of us in any way. Dirty? Eh, a bit. Sneaky? When playing with the cat or each other. Ferocious? Lol, never that I had ever seen out of all that we or my other family members had ever witnessed. All of them, including other family members’ and friends’ wouldn’t go anywhere near meat of any kind – kitten food or nothing! It’s certainly possible that this could happen, I don’t doubt that. What it sick/starving in any way? And who the fuck would leave an animal, none of which are predictable, with a newborn. That newborn should be in the same room as close as possible to it’s parents. And someone somewhere mentioned how a ferret could get into a crib or bassinet, I’m curious too. Mine couldn’t/can’t climb for shit, even if it was only 10-12” and made of fabric – they’re among the clumsiest of animals I have ever seen. Even if the ferret did this, it shouldn’t be to blame. The asshole parents should’ve been a bit more diligent in protecting their child and not letting the ferret roam the house with a newborn in it. I wouldn’t be surprised if the baby was on the floor easily accessible to the ferret, if in fact it was the ferret to begin with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001767285663 Hannah Killebrew

    thats terrible poor baby and also how stupid is the parents like come on really but also poor baby :(

  • http://twitter.com/MagpieAngel lauren thorpe

    i remember reading the news article about this. the parents were arrested because after the investigation it was found they had left the baby and the ferret alone in the house for a few days without food while they were in a completely different town