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Swedish infant scarred in violent ferret attack

TT/The Local/pvs · 29 Mar 2011, 11:29

Published: 29 Mar 2011 11:29 GMT+02:00

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"Her eyes, mouth and nose have escaped injury. She is lively and is playing and laughing as normal," Selma's mother Monika Johannesson told the local Barometern daily after the family returned home on Monday.

Selma was attacked while sleeping in her pram on the deck of the family home last Thursday.

The girl sustained more than 70 scratches to her face from the ferret and required a number of stitches. She has also been put on a course of antibiotics to prevent infection.

It has later been established that the ferret was tame and had been kept as a pet but had escaped from its owner in January.

Selma's father, who was inside the house at the time, rushed to his daughter's aid when he heard her screaming while under attack by the animal.

"It was probably scared when I came running through the door and as luck would have it the ferret did not managed to damage her eyes," Patric Engqvist told the local Barometern daily.

The ferret however remained lurking near the corner of the house, until Engqvist found it and killed it with a spade.

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"It is never fun to kill an animal but then it just felt like a relief," he said.

Doctors have told the family that Selma will sustain some scarring after the attack but that the scars will fade with time. They have also requested that the animal undergo a post-mortem to rule out the possibility of disease.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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13:49 March 29, 2011 by nyh2o
oddest country in the world for sure in terms of child rearing practices. why the hell would you leave your sleeping 9 month old baby out in the garden anyway??? i have seen people in stockholm leave their sleeping babies in their carriages outside of restaurants, and moreover in the dead of the cold dark winter!!! whatt!! would be considered child abuse in any other country for sure. lets ofcourse not even talk about children walking around barefoot in the middle of drottningsgatan in the summer. odd. super odd.
14:18 March 29, 2011 by Rishonim

I have seeing little kids not more than four left alone in a parked car at a shopping centre while mum and dad shop for groceries. I called the police and waited 18 minutes for them to show up. The cops went in the supermarket to look for the parents and I don't know what happened after that. I have seeing little unaccompanied kids around 6 years old take the underground to school.

Luckily Sweden is "still a relatively safe place" but it wont be long before the child traffickers get wind of it and.........
16:20 March 29, 2011 by helveeta
I also have seen babies in the backyards of houses in their strollers sleeping on the coldest days and outside of conditoris. I once saw a baby left alone in the car on a HOT day with all the windows rolled up. I opened the door as he was crying and it was boiling hot inside the car. I called the police and they did nothing. The dad came out and was very angry with us for interfering but I gave him a lecture I don't think he'll soon forget. Just stupid!
16:31 March 29, 2011 by Baned
I had a neighbor that left her sleeping infant unattended under the apartment stairway in the dead of winter. Her apartment was near the stairway but her door was fully closed.

I was completely bewildered and later surprised to read about that very same neighbor running a babysitting agency!!!

Apparently the daycares like to leave the kids outside in their pram to sleep. They claim the fresh air makes babies sleep better and it's just how it's done in Sweden! Although I don't have any kids, this practice is just plain odd!
09:52 March 30, 2011 by Zhorka
What a backward barbaric country!
10:03 March 30, 2011 by karex
I can't get over how parents are careless with small children here. Last time I read a news article about something similar, the parents had left the baby asleep in the pram in the garden and a cat curled up on its face a smothered it to death.

I lived for many years in South America and in the particular country where I lived, parents don't even let go of their childrens' hands when distracted in a public place. One minute the child is there, the next stolen. There is a huge international market in child traficking!

I agree with nyh2o and others: leaving children unattended out in the elements and closed up inside stifling environments is considered child abuse in my book.
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