Ferret Attack: Missouri Infant Loses Seven Fingers to Family Pet

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Daily RFT just got off the phone with Grain Valley police chief Aaron Ambrose who confirms the tragic news out of his western Missouri town is not a hoax.

A four-month-old child did, in fact, lose seven fingers to the family's ferret this week.

"I got a call around 2:30 a.m. Monday," says Ambrose, who was awakened by one of his officers at the scene. "It was snowing here, so I figured he was calling in to report a vehicle wreck. When he started relaying to me the story, I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I wish it were a hoax."

According to the police incident report (published below) the infant boy was sleeping in a rocker when the ferret began chomping on his fingers. 


"He was left with just his two thumbs and part of a pinky," says Ambrose.

The boy's father killed the ferret that night. Ambrose tells Daily RFT that police had arrived to the residence one other time last summer to investigate a complaint that the parents had left their kids unattended at home. An investigation into the ferret incident is still underway. Police have yet to release the names of the family or the victim.

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iconoclastaesthetics
iconoclastaesthetics

Idiot parents. I have a ferret who is a sweetheart. You can't just have one and give it no human attention and expect it to be domesticated and kind. These parents were neglectful to their child, and no doubt neglectful to the pet as well. But of course the ferret had to pay with his life.

nobody
nobody

In case anyone is interested... CNN has an article with more info on this... the parents were NOT home... their cell phone records show that they were out and about and texting/calling each other from many different locations. so yeah... they did not "wake up" to the baby screaming and losing 7 fingers in a matter of seconds, they were never there while their baby was being attacked.

Ashleynbutcher
Ashleynbutcher

There is no freaking way poss a ferret ate those finger! lmao! Any ferret owner knows this is not poss. Why is the ferret running around a 4 mo old while everyone is sleeping, and not in a cage anyway? RETARDS!

Chris
Chris

Ferrets smell like piss, shit and puke at the same time; anyone who owns one has something wrong with them.

Brianna Hellokitty
Brianna Hellokitty

People need to learn tht its not the ferrets fault parents should have been watching the baby if he/she was crying they should have known something was wrong.. my opion but its true and alot of people agree ferrets are good animals! I've NEVER been bitten by one...

Deathofasaint5
Deathofasaint5

i have seven ferrets that my almost one year old nephew picks up and plays aroubd with all the time i have put six week old kittens together with them and after a hour the kat is no longer afraid of them and wants to play how the hell did they make that ferret so mean i dont believe this story

Seriously!
Seriously!

This story absolutley digusts me!!  I have children of my own and if you're any kind of mother at all, you have what is called "motherly instincts" .....But not only that, you don't put your child muchless a baby in harms way with an animal!  I mean seriously...they need to do something to those "perents" to make them suffer the way that innocent baby did.  This breaks my heart!! What is this world coming to??

Julian
Julian

I have owned ferrets for quite some time now. Lets take look at logic. A screaming baby, and a ferret. If the ferret bit the little ones finger, the baby would scream and move ALOT. There is no way a ferret would get 7 fingers even if it did attack. They dont eat fast, they dont even bite that hard. they eat what they have been given there whole life, and i doubt they were given baby fingers for long.... TAKE NOTICE PEOPLE, FERRETS DONT EAT PEOPLE, IT TAKES THEM 5 MINS TO EAT A COUPLE PIECES OF KIBBLE, EVEN WHILE HUNGRY. It is easy in this story to see, that either the parents let the child have a knife, or did it themselves, even the dog did it. I let my ferrets around little kids, baby's and even ferrets who have been hungry, and wheened on meat do not nom on a childs fingers. It is not plausible 1 bit that the ferret did it.

Cloverleaffairy
Cloverleaffairy

Someone should tie both parents hands to their tied feet and legs and put them in a closet with 10 starving ferrets and not open the door until the screaming stops!!!! 

Laureatejones
Laureatejones

People who have Ferrets and other pets know " to keep an eye on you babys 4 legged and 2 a like".I have 2 ferrets and a 3 yeard old son and a house hold of 3 other kids and 5 adolts. We have 7 dogs and a rabbit. We know that dogs get grumpy and so do other animals but they dont speek english , so they tell us in other ways.My babies have not even bitt me when I dissterb the wordance or pay figting with the dogs or eachother.Yes, I do think if you have a ferret and kids the ferrets should have a cage.To proteck the hole familey.So if you are going to Bed or shopping or taking a bath put the 4 legged kids in cage, then all the kids are safe!!!

JJostes
JJostes

The little boy was only four months old so his fingers were obviously very tiny, it would seem logical that a rodent could bite of 7 fingers within seconds. According to the PD report the mother who was sleeping on the couch did wake up when the attack happened and obviously stopped the ferret from removing the rest of her boy's fingers.

justwondering
justwondering

Going to bad for the mother Mr Jostes? wonder why 

Ria Powell
Ria Powell

Let's clear one little point up, a ferret isn't a rodent.

There is no way that a ferret could have gnawed through the bone of one finger in a matter of seconds, as most of these reports suggest. Regardless of the age or size of the child, the animal would have had to have chomped through bone to remove a digit. Not trying to be fasicious but it takes my ferret about 20 seconds to chew through one small kibble, and that's pretty soft in comparisson.

Other reports have also suggested that the ferret had already pooped out 3 fingers and 4 were still in its stomach. Do people realize how long it takes for anything to pass through the digestive tract? It's not going to be instantanious, that's for sure. Also, these fingers were not supposed to have been digested at all, but infact came out in their normal form. Why do I have major bells ringing here? If that were the case, couldn't just one bung up the animal so bad that it could kill it...let alone 7 fully formed, undigested fingers?!

Also, who lets any animal run about freely when there's a baby close by? My ferret is free range, in that she has full run of the house and doesn't sleep in a cage. However, and she is the sweetest thing on earth, had we a child here, she would not be let to roam about freely. Right now she has her own little protected area where she goes when we go out or if people are over.

I have a lot of warning bells ringing about the parents too. They were reported for basically child neglect in the past, and also there is another report which says they have a record for animal neglect and cruelty. Other reports also say the mother was pretty strung out on pain pills and vodka. I wouldn't trust them one second with either a child or a ferret.

Anyway, off the point..A question to other Ferret owners here. My girls is addicted to Fig Newtons right now (makes a change as she usually only eats kibbles, and then usually only when they are soaked like baby food). Is it safe to give her some pieces of Fig Newtons as a treat?

NovaleeMeadow
NovaleeMeadow

I have two ferrets and on the rare occassion that they do bite, it's usually a play thing and they never draw blood. Don't get me wrong, it hurts when a ferret bites but it doesn't draw blood. In fact when I got a kitten a few months ago. While the kitten was sticking his paw under the door....to the room that the ferrets where in....one of the ferrets bite the kitten's paw and that cat screamed. The sound the cat made was enough to make me jump up and check what was wrong. I could only imagine how a baby would sound. Not to mention that even though it obviously hurt the cat, his paw was fine....there was no blood, no bruising, nothing. Now anyone that has ever had a cat knows how small and soft a kitten's paw is. So how is it possible that this ferret bite through not one....but seven baby fingers?? I just don't believe these people's story. In fact I would not be surprised if they either accidently or purposely hurt this child and then put the blame on the ferret. I mean they have already been reported for leaving the child alone and the mistreatment of a dog. It's a known fact that people who abuse animal usually abuse children. These people need to be seriously looked into....and arrested. I feel bad for this poor child that now has loss of seven fingers and I feel bad for the ferret that was innocently accused and killed. I don't feel bad for the parents at all....I think they should have their kids taken away and never be permitted to own another animal again.

gest
gest

this is what i say .where is the evidence i want to clearly see the baby without the fingers. if i do then i buy this story even if true where were the parents why leave the child alone the parents need to keep an eye on their child

Lolferret
Lolferret

Wow. This is... xDI know ferrets can bite, really hard, but eating a few fingers? Lolz. This is 100% bull xD

Furious_female1
Furious_female1

I owned 5 ferrets at one time, dont get me wrong my heathens ate everythng they could find, but they did not eat meat, and they never would harm anyone, they used to run around with my dog and cat and play.. Not only that, they have very sharp teeth and that first bite that baby would have been screaming.. I am sorry but I do not believe the ferret had anything to do with that babies fingers, I think it is pure neglect on the parents part, and I do hope that baby can overcome this throughout his years....

iconoclastaesthetics
iconoclastaesthetics

@Furious_female1 Did not eat meat? Ferrets are carnivores. Feeding them anything but meat and kibble derived from meat will kill them.

John
John

The only way this could have happened is if the ferret was not being fed and was starving but even then I have a hard time believing this story.

SqueakyTomato
SqueakyTomato

I own two ferrets (Zoey: 4 months, and Lily: 2 years) and nanny a 3 month old. I know it takes Zoey about 20 seconds to eat one piece of kitten nibble. It takes Lily about 30 seconds to eat one piece of kitten nibble. There is no way that a baby ferret (or even an adult like Lily) could eat SEVEN fingers in a few seconds. Their stomachs aren't even big enough to hold that much!

I honestly suspect child abuse in this case. The authorities were called before for child neglect, animal neglect, and animal abuse. If they will neglect a baby, and hurt a dog ... who is to say they wouldn't hurt a baby too? The parents are 100% to blame for this. The poor baby now has to live like this. Imagine what else goes on in that house.

The reason I mentioned nannying a 3 month old is because when she cries it wakes the neighbors. And thats just because she is hungry or wants to be held, etc, NOT because she is hurt. I can only imagine how much louder that scream would be if she was hurt. There have been times that I've fallen asleep, and let me tell you, the moment she wakes up I know about it.

guest
guest

I would like to see an article with the results of an autopsy performed on the animal to see if he had human skin in his system.

ferretluver
ferretluver

I'd appreciate it if the author of this article did the follow up story and showed the evidence that the ferret was in fact responsible - there are so many things wrong with this story I find it so much more believeable that the family dog will be found responsible.

Sylvie
Sylvie

Comment on the picture. Ferrets probably do bite more people than grizzlies. So do children, dogs, cats ... Going on to the blog itself, most ferrets who have been properly socialized do not bite. However, just like other animals and children who have not been properly trained, they do bite. However, they could not, in a short period of time, bite off and eat 7 fingers. That would take quite a lot of time. Since the family had an unsupervised and uncaged ferret, I would wager that their rottweiler was similarly unsupervised and probably just as unsocialized. Food for though.

Jags333
Jags333

After years of advocating for abused children and working in the court systems. This is a perfect example of not only the neglect on the parents part, neglect on child protective services as well as the community. I heard this story and I live in Texas, from a friend that lives in Indiana that know of this family through another friend of this family. Allegedly this is a family with drug history and neglectful supervision.. If a four month is in a rocker I ask all who are reading this?? What is wrong with this picture??? Mom allegedly on drugs? alcohol? three other children.. We as a society should not be turning our heads to this type of parenting. It is not the responsibility of a village, it is the responsibility of parents.. It is not a right to have children and put them in abusive and negligent situations it is the privilege. We say it is a privilege to drive not a right, Whatever Gods or whom ever your belief is has bless us with the privilege of having ,nurturing and loving children.. I have been asked how is it that I can push for termination on parents rights. Well this is an example of how. This child will never pick up objects like our children, write like our children, bathe, push, pull, exercise and play like other children. The simple things we take for granted in life have been robbed from this child because not only did the parents have an undomesticated animal that they robbed the beauty of a natural life from, but they robbed their child of a normal free life.. write your congressman, prosecutors and anyone that will listen about this case in Missouri. The sad reality is that children do not vote so it has been my experience you fall on deafen ears, but one person can change laws and justice for this child and many other children..

Anastasia
Anastasia

I don't know if you read any of the other comments but it has been brought up multiple times that ferrets are in fact very domesticated. Even more so then cats. They have domesticated for the last 2,000 years if not more. There are no ferrets out in the wild anymore, except for the black footed ferret. The guilty party are the parents. No animal should be left unattended with an infant, that's just asinine.

David
David

First off, ferrets are finicky eaters, and if you introduce them to ANYTHING edible, it has to gradually be mixed in with their OLD stuff, otherwise they won't eat it. Secondly, they don't eat that much at one time, even if they are starved. Third is that if you have a new born, you cage your ferret while you aren't watching it, cause they do nibble a bit. That is just common sense.

In addition, I am waiting for the report in a few weeks stating that the family dog did it, or the mother inadvertently damaged the infants fingers while on a drunken stuper, or a drug binge.

Mzlyndac
Mzlyndac

These "parents" will eventually be found out...... They should have tried blaming the Rott, FAR more believable than a ferret...... Anyone who can entertain the idea of a ferret chewing off and consuming seven baby fingers is just plain stupid.

Maggiechapa2011
Maggiechapa2011

Jeesh I was in shock when my boyfriend told me this story and y did the farret chew off almost all the fingers off? Did they Not Feed it? How could no one know that this was happening? It makes me not want a pet at all:(

In the Lou
In the Lou

I'm sure the parents are drug addicts.

courtneybrianne
courtneybrianne

As a ferret owner, I do not believe this. It takes my ferret an hour at least to consume a chew stick which is less consistency than a baby's finger. Seven fingers would take close to 7 hours to chew off completely. And the mom was just dead asleep while her baby was screaming less than 2 feet away from her for that long? You can't tell me that baby thought it was being tickled and didn't cry at all. And nobody at all heard the baby crying?, not the dad or the other 3 children? No one? Whatever.

And not to mention the parents were in trouble before for leaving their children, all under the age of 8, by themselves with no adults. And I'm so sure the ferret just wiped up it's mess and cleaned off it's face and paws and went back to doing whatever after a baby finger dinner.

courtneybrianne
courtneybrianne

What's next? The family pet hamster chews out the 8 year old's eyeball in attempt to eat it's boogers? Great child abuse cover-up. You guys are so cool, you have the whole world believing your lies! I guess it's going to take a dead kid to get people to realize this.

FerretLuver
FerretLuver

Of course a ferret doesn't attack a grizzly bear that's just silly

Karen Lee Copen
Karen Lee Copen

You should have nominated yourself for Ass Clown of the Week. There was nothing found in the ferret's stomach. Shithead.

Leanneb39
Leanneb39

"A four-month-old child did, in fact, lose seven fingers to the family's ferret this week. "Journalism at it's finest. "In Fact" is not fact until it's proven as such. This type of journalism hype is what causes uproars in communities where it's not necessary.Get that story at all cost right?

Leanneb39
Leanneb39

Such mis-information put out there because of this. It's been shown that there was nothing in the stomach of the ferret to indicate fault. Blown widely out of proportion. If it was even feasible (which it's not) it would take hours for a ferret to acomplish that feat. Sadly the ferret was killed for no reason other than assumption without guilt. Authorities should look to the dog which is a more likely culprit even though it's aim was probably not to hurt the infant. The parents should be held 100% accountable.

factfinder
factfinder

where is the information that is was not in the stomach of the ferret? another media coverage? how do you believe it now when you didnt believe it before? or were you in fact at the hospital when they opend the ferrets stomach?

Musicklady
Musicklady

I agree with you too Sade, this smacks of either a lie or out and out neglect. Leaving a baby alone in a rocker and falling asleep is unacceptable to begin with. I am a ferret owner and I truly believe ferrets only bite for a reason, usually survival, if they are mistreated or left hungry. We got a biter who was neglected..she stopped after being here a couple months...she knows she does not need to. But in any case I would NEVER chance leaving a baby alone with a free roaming ferret...it's just ludicrous. The parents are as much to blame as the ferret.

Gladgm
Gladgm

I am a ferret owner... I just want to give some facts about how ferrets eat. They are picky eaters. If the store fed them kibble chances are they would not eat something else UNLESS they were starving. So the parents would have had to feed the ferret a raw meat diet which is not what most people do. I tried with a 6 month old ferret to feed it raw chicken and it would not touch it. Also the way a ferret eats, their jaw is actually really restrictive, they are actually a tear and rip animal. I am not saying this did not happen, but unlike a dog that bites and gobbles it's food whole, think more of a cat the nips a piece eats it then goes back. And I have to stress that if the animal, any animal ( i own dogs, cats, lizards, birds) had been fed and watered regularly it would not be looking to eat sticky milk smelling fingers over a long time frame. This did not happen in a matter of seconds. Ferret teeth would make it so it had to gnaw at the bone. Unless it only ate the meat and again it would have torn a piece taken it somewhere, ate it and then gone back for the next bite. I would think the baby would be screaming at this point.

A six month ferret is still a baby think of a puppy teething, and nipping because it does not know better.

Just like with dogs ... Please don't blame the breed or the whole species in this case. It was a horrible incident that should never have happened but like most accidents the results will have to be lived with for a lifetime.

I don't know if there was abuse or neglect, but with any animal, any breed, please research before bringing them into your home. And no matter what animal you have, they should not be left unsupervised with an infant...for both their sakes.

Ashley
Ashley

I thank this whole thing is ridiculousness. I am a pet store manager and there is no way a ferret could do such a thing. I have seen a ferret be aggressive before, and it did bit hard but not so hard it would chew someones even a baby's fingers off, I mean come on. Even if this did happened the parents would have heard there baby crying hysterically and one or two might have (A BIG BIG MIGHT!!!) fingers would have been gone not seven; no way. I think the police should check into the parents a little bit more I mean the baby's fingers could have been gone by another source.

Kimberlybush2000
Kimberlybush2000

It is the parents fault! No prosecute and remove children after a full investigation of course.

Mjohn143
Mjohn143

Something tells me Chad didn't get Mountain Dew's copyright okay either for this pic, I think I will contact them.

hotdogwaffles
hotdogwaffles

is that a ferret in your puntang or are you just happy to see me?

deluxecheck
deluxecheck

I can't believe I have taken time out of my evening to read of all your posts, but I did and that is my fault. I would like to let you all know what is KNOW being reported. Kari17129, curious, Avoidable, MommyFerretOwner, and the rest of you who want to read this....The baby boy is still in critical condition. He is fighting off an infection, the Shriners have offered to pay for the many up coming surgeries the baby will have to endure. The parents are being investigated and at this time there is no word if the other children are still with them or not. The ferret did only have the contents of what appears to be 4 infant fingers in its stomach, it is assumed the other 3 were already digested. With this finding, it is also assumed the baby boy was tortured by the ferret for hours by the ferret before the mother awoke. The baby lost so much blood that he needed blood transfusions.Angela Simpkins, a metro ferret advocate, says that she offered to take the ferret but was turned down by the family, who had planned to have the ferret's teeth pulled out before the gruesome attack.

Mjohn143
Mjohn143

no vet would pull a ferret's teeth out. that is total bull, just like the rest of this story. i hope the baby finds him a loving home.

Avoidable
Avoidable

Thankyou for the update Deluxecheck, my thoughts are with the poor little baby and the struggles he will now face. So sad.

Julianna Doucette
Julianna Doucette

Thank you for the update. Sending healing thoughts to the baby boy for a speedy recovery.

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