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Month-old baby rushed to hospital after 3 pet ferrets chew off her nose, cheek

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DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Authorities near Philadelphia say a trio of pet ferrets chewed off a newborn’s nose and part of her cheek when her mother left her downstairs in her car seat.

Officials say the month-old baby was attacked Thursday by ferrets that escaped a cloth cage while the girl’s mother went upstairs. Authorities say the baby was in stable condition in intensive care Friday after emergency surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Police say four other young children have been placed with relatives amid concerns about their parents’ ability to care for them.

Darby Borough Police Chief Robert Smythe says investigators found more food for the family’s ferrets and cats than for the children.

Smythe says police have asked prosecutors to approve charges against the parents.

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7 comments

  • Anie Atlas

    Blame the parents, not the ferrets! What idiot leaves an infant alone, out of earshot, long enough for their pets (clearly unsupervised and unsecured) to chew off part of the baby’s face? Don’t own pets or have kids if you aren’t going to look after them.

    • Karina

      My thoughts exactly I have two chihuahuas one has already been around my oldest son when he was a new born and has always been great with him but doesn’t mean I’m going to trust them both with my new born I have now in the and they are still my pets who some times don’t know any better and as a parent I know it’s not safe to leave them and my new born unattended 😔 if anything were to happen it will be on the parent not the pets!

  • Sami

    CLOTH CAGE?!? Clearly these people have no idea how to take care of or contain ferrets not the ferrets fault also most kibble isn’t good for them anyway even though you can feed a ferret cat food doesn’t mean you should you leave them lacking in tons of nutrients and prone to insulin diseases

    That poor child those poor ferrets neither of them deserved this date shane on those parents if you can’t take care of something don’t get them

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