Young Kids Strangled to Death by Escaped Python
Boys, 5 and 7, killed in Canada
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 5, 2013 6:51 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Two young boys were killed by a python that escaped its enclosure at a pet store in Canada, according to local police. The brothers, aged five and seven, were sleeping in a friend's apartment above the pet store when the snake strangled them, says Royal Canadian Mounted Police Const. Julie Rogers-Marsh. Police arrived at the apartment in Campbellton, New Brunswick, at 6:30am and found the two boys dead.

The friend of the brothers was sleeping in another room and was unharmed. Authorities believe the snake made its way into the apartment through the ventilation system overnight. The snake was captured and is in the possession of police. "It's very, very unusual and very tragic and difficult for everyone involved," says Rogers-Marsh.

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Freddie234
Aug 6, 2013 3:35 PM CDT
First can I say my thoughts go out to the family of the 2 boys. I would just like to say I am one of the so called freaks who owns 2 pythons I would like to let people know pythons are generally docile and calm animals there is no way a python can kill a child without there being noise. I have had the missfortune of being bitten by my burmese python she is 16ft long and bit as what is called a miss feed she thought I was food. She constricted my arm for 2 minutes and let go when she realised I was not dinner. Pythons have heat pits in front of there mouths and use taste or smell, heat picked up by the heat pits and sight to judge wether there is food after one miss feed a python will not normally miss strike a second time. This is just some information about pythons I do not want to cause offence of defend the animal.
CharlesP
Aug 6, 2013 3:18 PM CDT
These terrible things occur, yet no one appreciated the warning that people were trying to give with the movie, "Snakes on a plane". You do NOT want to be trapped in a small area with these animals.
$28919642
Aug 6, 2013 10:57 AM CDT
I just checked a Canadian newspaper site, in the same area where this happened. True Word: the snake escaped a locked pen, went through an air vent to the crawlspace, down through the second floor ceiling, & killed the kids. No charges pending or considered.