A python killed two brothers after escaping from a pet store on Monday.
The brothers were five and seven-years old, and were strangled by the python, which was 4.7 yards long and weighed 100 pounds, after it fell out of a ventilation shaft and into the apartment during the night. The brothers, Noah and Connor Barthe, were staying with a friend who lived above an exotic pet store in Campbellton, New Brunswick when the incident occurred. Jean-Claude Savoie, owner of the pet store and father of the two brother’s friend, discovered the scene when he walked into his living room, where the boys were sleeping, that morning. Savoie’s son was in a different room that night and wasn’t harmed. Autopsies will be preformed on the two boys on Tuesday, reports the Associated Press.
John Kendrick, a manager at the Reptile Store in Hamilton, Ontario, says its unlikely that the snake went after the two boys.
“A snake that size that was just trying to hold on securely enough to make sure he felt like he wasn’t falling or going anywhere; he has enough muscle power to cut off circulation,” Kendrick told the Associated Press.
RCMP Sgt. Alain Tremblay says that they are treating the case as a criminal investigation, and that they will check to see if the store followed the province’s regulations on exotic animals, reports the Associated Press.
The snake was captured by and is currently in the possession of local authorities.