Python escapes and kills Canadian boys
Two young brothers have been killed by a python that escaped from a pet shop in the Canadian province of New Brunswick and strangled them as they slept.PT0M56S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2rb76 620 349 August 6, 2013
Two children are dead after an escaped snake from a nearby pet store got into the apartment where they were having a sleepover.
Canadian police in Campbellton, New Brunswick, said the snake escaped from Reptile Ocean through a vent into the upstairs apartment.
Media reports differed on whether the snake was a python or a boa constrictor but all said the snake was more than 4 metres long.
It is believed that the boys, aged five and seven, were brothers. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police will not confirm this but a spokeswoman said the two did not live in the upstairs apartment but were on a sleepover.
"Police are investigating two sudden deaths of two young boys," Constable Julie Rogers-Marsh said on Monday. "The preliminary investigation has led police to believe that a python snake escaped its enclosure in the store sometime overnight."
"It is believed the two boys were strangled by the snake," Constable Rogers-Marsh said.
It is not clear how the snake escaped but it is now with police.
"This is a tragedy," said Deputy Mayor Ian Comeau. "The city is in shock."
Constable Rogers-Marsh says autopsies will be performed on the two victims today.
The Globe and Mail said that a 1996 report on zoos in the Maritimes for Zoocheck Canada and World Society for the Protection of Animals written by John Gripper, a veterinarian, gave a good review of Reptile Ocean. However, the paper also uncovered an online petition calling for Reptile Ocean to be shut down.
The person who started the petition complained about the humidity in the store and the condition of some animals.