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MarcEdward
likes all cats more than most people
05:14 PM on 06/16/2011
Getting a ferret for your kids is like getting them a frigging rat.
What's wrong with a cat? Cats don't eat babies.
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OilCrash
It's a big country, it needs a big government.
05:42 PM on 06/16/2011
Cats have horrific bacteria in their mouths. A single minor bite can give you a life threatening blood infection.
06:12 PM on 06/16/2011
Cats have smaller mouths and would prefer to use their claws rather than bite you. Dogs on the other hand also have LOADS of bacteria in their mouths and have mouths big enough to fit around ones wrist. I'll take my chances with the cat as you don't here about people dying from cat attacks...can't say the same thing about dog attacks though.
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MarcEdward
likes all cats more than most people
06:16 PM on 06/16/2011
Not really.
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Lisa Shields
Poet & Advocate For Special Needs Children
08:56 AM on 06/17/2011
Pardon...but when I brought my infant daughter home form the hospital, we had two cats...one was ten years old, one was six months. They came around the carrier, and sniffed this new human. Neat huh? The older cat nuzzled her...and 30 second later the younger cat BIT her on the head. The skin was not broken, and the baby didn't notice much...but we NEVER again left our daughter alone with the cats. We even replaced her bedroom door with a screen, to make sure they could not get to her at night.

"eat, no...bite? ANY animal left alone can bite a baby.
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MarcEdward
likes all cats more than most people
10:20 AM on 06/17/2011
Our cats were mostly terrified of our babies, but we had one old mama-cat who would sit outside the bedroom and "guard" the baby.
05:13 PM on 06/16/2011
I say throw the book at them. Who in their right mind would keep ANY (and I do mean dogs and cats) animal around a child that young.
06:13 PM on 06/16/2011
Anyone who is a good parent can have animals around small children. You just have to be vigilant and not lazy.
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ComicClassroom
What's it all about, Alfie?
05:13 PM on 06/16/2011
How long was this baby screaming in order for the ferret to eat all 7 fingers?????????????

They need to do jail time and intense parenting classes before they ever get custody of the other children back.
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MrTreize
13 year active duty military man
05:13 PM on 06/16/2011
It's only news worthy if they go to prison for it.
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EmmaLib
Vote right, vote the right right out the door!
05:02 PM on 06/16/2011
Oh my, what a terrible event! How did no one hear the baby screaming ??????
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ashisu
05:00 PM on 06/16/2011
What the hell?? Who gives a crap what the other kids want?! Baby's safety comes first! My parents owned a ferret when my sister and I were very young. The ferret escaped from its cage, crawled into my sister's crib, and bit her one time. The ferret was gone the next day. No discussion. No debate. No voting. My mom always told me that in that moment of discovering her child crying and hurt, if she had been able to find the animal, she would have thrown it against the wall.
05:17 PM on 06/16/2011
I'm an animal lover, but I'm with you 100% on this one. Ferrets are dangerous animals. They are not meant to be around children, especially babies. This is why they are banned in all of the areas around Washington, DC. Geez, the thought of this baby enduring this makes me sick.
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Gamescook
04:56 PM on 06/16/2011
For crying out loud, the kid can't even recover from this sort of attack in time, he has to live without fingers now! What a life he has to live now, and there was nothing he could have done and everything his parents should.
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Ulalume s Ague
Fighting for the Poe People
06:09 PM on 06/16/2011
Ah-- but following today's conservative logic-- and this really is germane here-- the child is solely responsible for himself. If his parents are deadbeats or dirt poor-- that's no reason to give him a decent public education. Sheesh. Then, the beauty of it all-- the kid is going to have serious repurcussions -- from being self-conscious becuase of being maimed and by the fact that he has the absolute worst kind of deadbeat parents-- ones who will allow a ferret to chew off seven fingers before they wake from their drunken stupor-- to being put through the horrible joke of a foster care system. Truly sad that conservatives do not understand that for many, many years of our lives, we get to make NO choices about how we will grow up and be introduced to the world. Truly sickening and cautionary for anyone wanting to gut social services, including and especiallly public education.
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andnojusticeforanyone
Progressives gave us the USA, hug a progressive
04:55 PM on 06/16/2011
I have had ferrets, there is no way it could bite off 7 fingers that quickly, their mouths are smaller than a cats. How long was that child screaming before his ¡d¡ot parents took notice? I used to take my ferrets to my neighbors first grade class and they never, ever bit anyone.
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MiraMcB
Stop whining! You lost!
04:53 PM on 06/16/2011
As a parent of a 3 yr old, I see articles like this and I literally feel faint and nauseated. Who leaves any small child, particularly a 4 mo. old unattended with animals loose in the house - at night, especially? Good god in heaven... we trust our pets, but we would NEVAAAAR leave our baby like that! The cops and medical personnel must have wanted to slap these people silly, at the least. This poor child is maimed - his life will never be normal. They should put all the children in this family into protective supervision. Good god!
04:52 PM on 06/16/2011
Oh come on, talk about taking something too far. I have been bitten by domestic pets but never once thought they would feed on me, and I'm pretty sure they were thinking the same thing. A bite is totally different from snacking, so the two bites shouldn't even come into play. The only issue is the parents allegedly leaving the child unsupervised, but then the article does say they have older children, so they could have been babysitting, which is typical and not unreasonable. Either way the horror and shame of letting the ferret devour their child's fingers should be plenty punishment for the two not to mention the questions from the child when he gets older.
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moroccantreasures
06:34 PM on 06/16/2011
maybe they should have fed the farret so it didnt eat their children, perhaps keep it in a cage and get baby sitters that dont allow animals to eat kids
02:45 AM on 06/17/2011
Wow, too bad your against me. I like your sense of humor.
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tracyamanda
Do people even read these?
06:38 PM on 06/16/2011
Well as long as they're shameful that should be punishment enough! Their baby is now disabled-if you think the parents should get a free pass for this then I can only imagine what kind of parent you are. God help your kids if you have any, they'll need it!
02:52 AM on 06/17/2011
Yea I guess we can put another child into foster care or worse an orphanage.
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bobbyperu
Bobby Peru don't come up for air
04:50 PM on 06/16/2011
Poor little ferret was hungry.
05:18 PM on 06/16/2011
This comment isn't tasteless in the least...
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jdrourke
Please don't let my facts deflate your ignorance.
04:45 PM on 06/16/2011
Two Things:

"Pro-lifers" should be all over these terrible parents; if we're to believe they're about the sanctity of life.

I don't want to ever hear about how Middle America demonstrates real American values again.

http://jdrourke.wordpress.com/
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tracyamanda
Do people even read these?
06:43 PM on 06/16/2011
What kind of demented person are you to think that someone who is pro life wouldn't be digusted by this? I am pro life and am sickened by this story! You need to get a life and get your head out of your @ss!
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jdrourke
Please don't let my facts deflate your ignorance.
12:45 AM on 06/17/2011
Yeah, that's it - aim your anger at me, that makes sense.

Way to keep a stereotype alive & kicking.

http://jdrourke.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/dear-rabid-pro-life-peeps/
04:42 PM on 06/16/2011
Where's the Waldo's?
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ZenVudo
Trying my best, realizing I can always do better.
04:40 PM on 06/16/2011
How insanely stupid. The ferret had already bitten the kid and the parents thought, what? That the behavior will just go away? And, honestly, what about the Ferret Rescue people? Surely they have experience with this sort of thing and (if they didn't) should have told the parents the ferret would continue to do this.
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darquelourd
You Get What You Play For
04:38 PM on 06/16/2011
Yikes, I kind of feel sorry for the ferret here.
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BigRex
We need to talk about your TPS reports.
04:43 PM on 06/16/2011
I'm feeling sorry for both the boy that lost his fingers and the ferret...if the parents had only acted responsibly sooner the child would still have his fingers and the ferret would still be alive.
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darquelourd
You Get What You Play For
05:09 PM on 06/16/2011
right on, Big Rex, it's all a dang shame. Stupidity has consequences! And usually it's the innocent who pay.