Pet Ferret Eats Baby Fingers: Keep Animals Out of the Nursery!


ferret eats baby fingers
Not Actual Ferret
In another OMG story that proves animals and babies don't mix, a baby in Missouri woke up to having his fingers chewed off by the family's pet ferret. The 4-month-old little boy was sleeping in his baby seat when the father rushed in to find the mother screaming as the ferret had eaten off seven of the boys fingers. The father threw the ferret, it hit the dishwasher, and was killed instantly. 

But this baby boy is going to have a lifetime struggle as his fingers were chewed down to the second knuckle. His two thumbs and one pinkie were all that were left intact.

Jesus, how do you have a wandering rodent in your home with your baby? A 4-month-old who can't even move out of the way? But people make bad judgments with the lives of their children all the time. Remember the toddler killed by a python? And how about all of those dog attacks?

Just in case you're unclear about how to keep that baby safe, here are five things that should never, ever, ever, be allowed in the nursery where an infant is sleeping. Never:

  1. Animals
  2. Pedophiles
  3. Carbon monoxide
  4. Pillows and blankets
  5. Smokers

Seriously, how hard is it to sort out that babies need protection instead of endangerment? I'm sure these parents are devastated, but once you have a baby, your priorities have to shift. It's actually a matter of life or death.

I literally kept my baby in a separate room (challenging when we were in a tiny apartment) from the dog in her first four months of life. It wasn't until she was larger than the dog, and understood the right way to treat her, that I would even consider leaving a room where they both were hanging out. And this is a super chill dog that has never even shown her teeth, much less snapped. Today, my son keeps me on my toes as I separate his grabby hands and the dog constantly. But I'm not willing to let my guard down. I like all of his fingers, toes ... and his face. Animals are not people and cannot be trusted around tiny babies and toddlers. Here is yet another tragic lesson that people seem to keep forgetting.

Do you think it's okay to let your baby around animals?


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nonmember avatar Bree

What was wrong with the baby that it didn't cry before seven fingers were chewed off? And why would anyone allow a ferret loose in the first place. These people don't deserve pets or children, but I'd give them a baby over a pet. That poor ferret. It didn't even know it was doing something wrong! Charge them with animal cruelty!

jalaz77 jalaz77

7 fingers before the parents heard anything. Something sounds off to me. A baby wouldn't just lay there quietly. Sad sad for the baby : ( Something is way off though.

Adriel Dunysha Quick

THIS IS A LOAD OF BULL. I own ferrets. I have owned many ferrets over my life time. AND I have a 4 y/o and a 10 months old. Never once in my life have a seen an unabused ferret be mean to ANYONE. Ferrets don't even like meat. Did the police even bother to check what the well fare of the ferret was before they just laid the blame?


How the hell does the MOTHER NEXT TO THE BABY not notice very soon after the ferret started biting what was happening? These animals do not have very sharp teeth. Its not like they can just go *chomp* finger gone. It would have had to sit and knaw about 5 minutes on each freaking finger. That means the baby would have had to been screaming its head off for 30+ minutes before anything was done. They deserve to have the baby taken away and be charged with animal cruelty in both the ferrets death and in what ever abuse proceeded, because there definately had to be some.

Misteh Misteh

Yeah I don't understand why they didn't check on the baby when he started screaming.

Beaz Beaz

I've had 4 ferrets growing up, and while they might have nipped every once in a while, they never tried to gnaw my skin off! The whole story is obviously not being told here by the parents, it would take quite a while for a ferret to chew the fingers off of a baby WITHOUT ANYONE NOTICING!

Carol... Caroline2010

i live a few min from where this happend!! its so sad!! they said the mom was taking a nap while it happened!!! how in the hell can u not hear ur child screaming while u r napping!!!! omg!!! i just dont understand some people!!

MotoStar MotoStar

something is really wrong with these parents!  it would take awhile for the ferret to eat  "A" finger let alone many fingers.  the baby would have been screaming.  They doing crack in the backroom or something? They should be charged with child neglect and animal cruelty! maybe if they fed there ferret it wouldnt be hungry enough to eat fingers.   now this poor baby has to go through life with no fingers because the parents cant do there job

nonmember avatar Robin

First of all - ferrets are not rodents. They are members of the weasel family. Second there are sooooo many things that are questionable in this situation. It would have taken the ferret at least 2 hours to eat 7 fingers. It happened at 230am and the baby was in a swing! There has been nothing said about the ferret having blood on it. There were other animals in the house. If you'd like more information - check out this newspaper. They've been updating the story.
The animal IS NOT to blame - the parents are! And like you said - that child had to have screamed and cry while it was happening with BOTH parents sleeping through it????? I don't buy it!

lilel... lilelvengirl

I live near where this happened as well. From what I understand from a vet friend of mine: A) the baby was left to nap in a carseat right next to mom who was asleep on the couch; B) the couple owned several dogs and authorities had visited several times regarding issues with the dogs; C) the ferret was kept without a cage; D) 8 off the child's fingers were gone before mom woke up; E) mom woke up to see the ferret on top of the child (but no report was heard that the ferret was chewing on the baby at that point); F)once mom woke up, dad rushed to the rescue, killing the *evil* ferret, not before when baby should have been screaming bloody murder. Again, this is what I was told by a local vet, who is generally a reliable source of info regarding local animal stories. I do not know what their source was, so there might be inaccuracies, though it's not likely.

lilel... lilelvengirl

Ferrets are carnivores, they are capable of biting and causing damage because their teeth are adapted for this. However, generally this is done out of fear, not aggression or hunger, unless the animal is sick. I'd like to know several things that seem to be a little muddy: Why did they not keep the ferret properly caged? What was wrong with baby and/or mom that 8 fingers disappeared before anyone noticed the baby was in distress? Where was dad that he was able to come to the rescue only when mom started screaming, and not when the baby would have been screaming? Where were the dogs in all of this? And did anyone bother to necropsy the ferret to determine that it did actually ingest the fingers and that it was or was not sick? I'm hoping that the parents get charged with neglect, as obviously they weren't caring properly for the baby or the animals. There's no reason a well-cared-for, healthy, well-fed pet should start gnawing on the baby. And as for 8 fingers? That would be a huge meal for an animal that size, infant-sized though they may be. There should have been a discernable lump in the ferret's abdomen after a meal like that. I'm more inclined to believe that one of the dogs did the deed and the ferret was investigating the baby since it was crying (they tend to be highly inquisitive), at which point mom woke up. Any way you look at the situation, it could have been prevented 20 times over if any number of common sense points had been followed.

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