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Canada: Escaped python kills two children sleeping above the pet shop

Associated Press
Aug 06, 2013 at 08:04am IST

Campbellton (New Brunswick/ Canada): Two young boys were killed by a python that escaped its enclosure at a pet store in Canada, police said on Monday.

The brothers, aged five and seven, were sleeping in a friend's apartment above the pet store when the snake strangled them, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Const. Julie Rogers-Marsh.

Police arrived at the apartment in Campbellton, New Brunswick, at 6:30 and found the two boys dead. The friend of the brothers was sleeping in another room and was unharmed, Rogers-Marsh said.

Canada: Escaped python kills two children

The brothers, aged five and seven, were sleeping in a friend's apartment above the pet store when the snake strangled them.

She said the snake was believed to have made its way into the apartment through the ventilation system overnight.

The snake was captured and is in the possession of police. Calls to the pet store were not returned Monday.

"It's very, very unusual and very tragic and difficult for everyone involved," Rogers-Marsh said.

Autopsies will be performed on the two victims on Tuesday.

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