August 06, 2013 - 5:00 AM
Two child are dead after a snake apparently escaped from a pet store in Campbellton, New Brunswick.
Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh says the boys, aged five and seven, were sleeping in an apartment above Reptile Ocean Inc. when the incident occurred.
It’s not clear if they lived there.
She says police arrived at the apartment around 6:30 a.m., at which point officers found the two dead boys.
Rogers-Marsh says it’s believed the snake made its way into the apartment through the ventilation system sometime through the overnight hours.
“It (the snake) had escaped its enclosure at the store sometime through the night, got into the ventilation system and into the upstairs apartment,” said Rogers-Marsh.
“It’s believed the two boys were strangled by the snake.”
She said the snake was later captured and was in the possession of police.
Rogers-Marsh couldn’t confirm whether the two boys were related.
She said the owner of the reptile store lived in the apartment above.
Autopsies will be performed on the two victims on Tuesday.
This statement was published by Reptile Ocean Inc. on Facebook by someone who says they are not the owner, rather someone who “helps” with the page:
“deepest symphathies goes out to the family of the children. a terrible accident without a meaning. this page will be shut down temporarily to avoid any further demeaning comments. you should be ashamed of yourselves. we all have a heavy heart today. as anyone would. and attacks on the animals owner are unneccesary.”
News from © The Canadian Press , 2013