Comment of the Day: Blame the Parents, Not the Ferret

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Today's comment comes from -- you guessed it! -- "Ferretfan," writing in response to Chad Garrison's follow-up post about the infant whose fingers were devoured by one of the feisty rodents, "Missouri Ferret Attack Not Isolated Incident; Animals Known to Bite Babies."

Like many of today's commenters, Ferretfan has surprisingly little sympathy for the mutilated baby -- and none for his parents:

I have owned 11 ferrets and NONE, I repeat NONE would intentionally hurt anyone!!! I had 4 ferrets running around my house when my kids were born. The ferret should have been in a proper/escape proof cage. It's not hard. So many ignorant people - know nothing about ferrets. And why is the background of the picture blurry?? Was the ferret being squeezed to make it do that???? Stupid reporter!! Stupid article!!! I feel bad for the baby but the parents are to blame!! NOT the ferret!!

In conclusion: If a ferret eats your baby's hand, it is not the ferret's fault. Got that?


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I feel bad for the baby & the ferret, but none of this would have happened if the stupid parents had been doing their damn job! When you have a baby, you have to take care of it. A pet is no different! If that ferret had had proper food housing & handling, that baby would still have all its fingers & the ferret still alive. If the parents are that negligent, they should never have had a baby OR a ferret!

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Yeah we get it, its not the ferrets fault, but it is your fault that you are getting so bent out of shape. Take some welllbutrin or lexapro it does wonders.

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Surferfreak922

Ms or Mrs Fenske, I would like to express my disappointment in your choice to continue a series of RiverFrontTimes articles defaming an entire breed of pets based on 1 attack in your area, and referencing numbers of old, misleading, and outdated articles regarding ferrets.

"I feel bad for the baby" would be a statement or expression of Sympathy. While trying to stress the importance of proper CHILDCARE and Pet care by stating that the Ferret should not have been left unsupervised and alone (being that the childs mom was asleep watching TV) with a 4 month old baby sitting in a rocker, FerretFan did take a moment to ensure people that he or she has sympathy for this child and the traumatic event.

Negative Media of Ferrets leads to stereotypes of Ferrets because many people in the U.S. think of Ferrets as uncommon pets when in reality they are the 3 most common pet in the U.S. behind Cats and Dogs.

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"Ferretfan has surprisingly little sympathy for the mutilated baby"

Really? How did you arrive at that conclusion?

"In conclusion: If a ferret eats your baby's hand, it is not the ferret's fault. Got that?"

Not sure what the reason for your sarcasm is here, as the statement is precisely correct. While animals of a ferret's intelligence can have certain behaviors manipulated through training, they cannot begin to fathom 'Right and Wrong'. If a fly lands on my food, or a spider bites me - I will smash them - almost as sure as I'd stomp a ferrets skull flat if it ate my child's fingers - mainly to prevent it from happening again, but quite possibly also out of primal anger - but the fact remains the ferret, the spider nor the fly are 'at fault' anymore than a baby is for shitting it's diaper.

Your a fucking moron for implying differently.

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