Python Attack: Snake Kills Two Sleeping Boys
Last Updated: 5:32AM 06/08/2013
A python that escaped from a pet store has killed two children by strangling them in their sleep in eastern Canada.
The two boys - named locally as Noah Barthe, 5, and Connor Barthe, 7 - were having a sleepover at their best friend's flat in the town of Campbellton when they were attacked by the snake.
The animal had escaped from the Reptile Ocean pet store run by family friend Jean-Claude Savoie, located on the ground floor of the building.
The store specialises in exotic pets.
Police said the African rock python entered the upstairs apartment via the two-storey building's ventilation system.
The boys were sleeping in the living room when they were attacked by the snake early on Monday morning.
"The preliminary investigation has led police to believe that a large exotic snake had escaped its enclosure at the store," the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement.
"(It) got into the ventilation system, then into the upstairs apartment. It's believed the two boys were strangled by the snake."
The boys' mother, Mandy Trecartin, lives close to the Reptile Ocean store.
Mr Savoie told Global News that he found a "horrific scene" when he checked on the boys about 6am.
"I thought they were sleeping and I've seen the hole in the ceiling, (and) everything has fallen. I turn the lights on and I've seen this horrific scene," Mr Savoie said.
"I have so many mixed emotions right now. I can't believe this is real."
The python has been recaptured.
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