Holy cow! This is astonishing if true.
On August 5, 2013, shortly after 6:30 a.m., police officers with the Campbellton RCMP responded to an apartment on Pleasant Street in Campbellton, where the two boys were found deceased. The boys had been sleeping over at the apartment of a friend, which is located above a reptile store.
The preliminary investigation has led police to believe that a large exotic snake had escaped its enclosure at the store sometime overnight, and got into the ventilation system, then into the upstairs apartment. It’s believed the two boys were strangled by the snake.
There is no clarification if the snake was a boa, python or anaconda (all kill by constriction) but a boa is likely too small. This is truly odd. The snake has been captured.
This article notes the children were 5 and 7 years old and there was a petition circulating to have the reptile shop shut down.
The python escaped from the Reptile Ocean exotic pet store and killed the children, reportedly five and seven years old, who were found at 6:30 a.m.
According to deputy mayor Ian Comeau, the snake escaped and slithered through the ventilation system to the residence above where the children had spent the night.
Well before the tragedy, an online petition was asking for Reptile Ocean to be shut down.
The town is in shock.
More to come on this story. Please link to other information if you find it.
UPDATE: (6-Aug-13) Lots of people are questioning the truth of this story but the sources are pretty solid. It is not a hoax. But it is confusing. The snake has been identified as a rock python, possibly 14-16 feet long which regularly can consume an antelope in the wild. Considering the size and weight of such an animal, it is not hard to imagine it could eat a small child. There is speculation that the other child may have tried to rescue the other but again, why wasn’t the adult (the snake’s owner) alerted to the situation? The children’s identity has been released. Snake experts are shocked at the case.
UPDATE: (6-Feb-2015) Police arrest pet store owner in boys’ snake deaths – CNN.com.
Tip: Russell G.