Yes, seriously. That child is not even crawling yet. He/she looks barely able to get up on hands and knees. Yes, give him several months and he'll be a terror, but not right now.
You know what is really dangerous? Leaving a child unsupervised with a 40-60 lb carnivore. Yet parents do this all the time with the family dog. Do I fault those parents? No, parents are supposed to make reasonable decisions about risk and reward. Still, there were eight children 2 and younger killed by dogs in 2013
. If I post a picture of an infant posing with a dog, is there going to be a huge Internet outcry? I doubt it.
It is a pet peeve of mine that people's reactions are far out of proportion with real risk. In the US, there were more toddlers killed by handguns in the hands of other children in 2013 than people killed by terrorists (by about 4x). Is the outcry about handguns in the hands of children deafening? Nope. Is anyone willing to lower the speed limit from 70 back to 55 when the speed difference is a big factor in traffic fatalities? Don't hold your breath. Show a picture of a well supervised baby in a planned photo shoot and the Internet goes wild condemning the parents. Did anyone give the parents a lot of grief a few weeks ago when a 9 year old girl killed her instructor with an Uzi
she lost control of? What kind of parents put a fully automatic piston in the hands of their nine year old? Oh wait, the deceased's family went on the Today Show and said it was all a tragic accident. There's a lot more there to complain about than this photo shoot.