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Snake escapes pet shop, strangles two boys to death

Posted by on Aug. 5, 2013 at 11:22 PM
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TWO brothers are dead after an escaped snake from a nearby pet store got into the apartment where they were having a sleepover.

The pet store owner Jean-Claude Savoie said the snake - a python believed to be more than 4m long - slithered into the apartment in Campbellton, New Brunswick, through the ventilation ducts and crawled into the ceiling.

It somehow punched a hole in the ceiling and dropped onto the small boys from above. It then coiled around them and crushed them as they slept together on the floor.

The brothers, aged five and seven, often slept in the apartment, which is above Mr Savoie's store, Reptile Ocean.

Mr Savoie said the two children are the kids of his best friend and they often sleep over in his apartment.

Reptile Ocean

The Reptile Ocean store where the snake escaped. The dead boys were sleeping in the apartment above the shop. Picture: Google Earth

“I feel like they’re my kids,” he told The Global News.

He said he went into the living room, where the kids were sleeping, and discovered a gruesome sight.

“I thought they were sleeping until I saw the hole in the ceiling. I turned the lights on and I saw this horrific scene,”

he said.

Neighbour Diane Fournier told the Global News: “It’s very nerve-wracking. If one got out, how many else got out?"

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 A python escaped a pet shop and strangled two boys to death in their sleep. Picture: Marc Mccormack

Fournier said she often saw the two children in the neighbourhood.

“They play around my yard, around my area. I see them every day,” she said.

"Police are investigating two sudden deaths of two young boys," Constable Julie Rogers-Marsh said on Monday.

"The preliminary investigation has led police to believe that a python snake escaped its enclosure in the store

sometime overnight."

"It is believed the two boys were strangled by the snake," Constable Rogers-Marsh said.

"This is a tragedy," said Deputy Mayor Ian Comeau. "The city is in shock."

Constable Rogers-Marsh says autopsies will be performed on the two victims today.

The Globe and Mail said that a 1996 report on zoos in the Maritimes for Zoocheck Canada Inc. and World Society

for the Protection of Animals written by Dr. John Gripper, a veterinarian, gave a good review of Reptile Ocean. 

However the paper also uncovered an online petition calling for Reptile Ocean to be shut down. The person who

started the petition complained about the humidity in the store and the condition of some animals. 


http://www.news.com.au/world-news/snake-escapes-pet-shop-strangles-two-boys-to-death/story-fndir2ev-1226691773995

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mommy2Kailey
by Member on Aug. 5, 2013 at 11:29 PM

 hmmm..I'm sceptical. I'll like to know the follow up article with the autopsy report. Did he not hear the boys scream? I don't know much about snakes, but I do know that humans have a survival instinct...I'm curious to know if it is proven that they were killed by the snake. 

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Aug. 5, 2013 at 11:32 PM

OMG- what a horrible story.

LongBeachLiz
by on Aug. 5, 2013 at 11:34 PM
You can't scream if you can't breath. If the snake coiled quickly it could have broken bones. I don't know, you can't reason or train a snake. It isn't the snakes fault. It did what it is supposed to.


Quoting mommy2Kailey:

 hmmm..I'm sceptical. I'll like to know the follow up article with the autopsy report. Did he not hear the boys scream? I don't know much about snakes, but I do know that humans have a survival instinct...I'm curious to know if it is proven that they were killed by the snake. 


mommy2Kailey
by Member on Aug. 5, 2013 at 11:37 PM

 That's just aweful =(  and really, Why the flip does someone need a "pet" like that anyway.  Leave them in nature where they belong, and away from humans who don't know enough about them..

Quoting LongBeachLiz:

You can't scream if you can't breath. If the snake coiled quickly it could have broken bones. I don't know, you can't reason or train a snake. It isn't the snakes fault. It did what it is supposed to.


Quoting mommy2Kailey:

 hmmm..I'm sceptical. I'll like to know the follow up article with the autopsy report. Did he not hear the boys scream? I don't know much about snakes, but I do know that humans have a survival instinct...I'm curious to know if it is proven that they were killed by the snake. 


 

LongBeachLiz
by on Aug. 5, 2013 at 11:43 PM
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More or less. I love reptiles but every animal has a place and in a small cage isn't one of them. I would prefer a garden snake found its way in our yard and ate the damn pocket gophers lol.


Quoting mommy2Kailey:

 That's just aweful =(  and really, Why the flip does someone need a "pet" like that anyway.  Leave them in nature where they belong, and away from humans who don't know enough about them..


Quoting LongBeachLiz:

You can't scream if you can't breath. If the snake coiled quickly it could have broken bones. I don't know, you can't reason or train a snake. It isn't the snakes fault. It did what it is supposed to.



Quoting mommy2Kailey:


 hmmm..I'm sceptical. I'll like to know the follow up article with the autopsy report. Did he not hear the boys scream? I don't know much about snakes, but I do know that humans have a survival instinct...I'm curious to know if it is proven that they were killed by the snake. 



 


mommy2Kailey
by Member on Aug. 5, 2013 at 11:47 PM

 They are good for citris rats around here...

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Aug. 5, 2013 at 11:59 PM
If they were asleep when the snake coiled then they didn't have a chance to scream... :-(

Depending on the size of the snake it could have caused cardiac arrest from pressure as well...


Quoting mommy2Kailey:

 hmmm..I'm sceptical. I'll like to know the follow up article with the autopsy report. Did he not hear the boys scream? I don't know much about snakes, but I do know that humans have a survival instinct...I'm curious to know if it is proven that they were killed by the snake. 

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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Aug. 6, 2013 at 12:01 AM
My brother breeds pythons.
MOST will not break any bones as its very rare to find a constrictor that will break anything. They constrict just tight enough to asphyxiate their prey and sometimes put on enough pressure to cause cardiac arrest.


Quoting LongBeachLiz:

You can't scream if you can't breath. If the snake coiled quickly it could have broken bones. I don't know, you can't reason or train a snake. It isn't the snakes fault. It did what it is supposed to.




Quoting mommy2Kailey:

 hmmm..I'm sceptical. I'll like to know the follow up article with the autopsy report. Did he not hear the boys scream? I don't know much about snakes, but I do know that humans have a survival instinct...I'm curious to know if it is proven that they were killed by the snake. 


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LongBeachLiz
by on Aug. 6, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Work smarter not harder! If you only need to squeeze a little bit why go all out and squeeze harder? My thought was bc they were young so maybe a bit easier to break? It was an assumption. I do believe snakes are good at what they do and that is survive.


Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

My brother breeds pythons.

MOST will not break any bones as its very rare to find a constrictor that will break anything. They constrict just tight enough to asphyxiate their prey and sometimes put on enough pressure to cause cardiac arrest.




Quoting LongBeachLiz:

You can't scream if you can't breath. If the snake coiled quickly it could have broken bones. I don't know, you can't reason or train a snake. It isn't the snakes fault. It did what it is supposed to.






Quoting mommy2Kailey:

 hmmm..I'm sceptical. I'll like to know the follow up article with the autopsy report. Did he not hear the boys scream? I don't know much about snakes, but I do know that humans have a survival instinct...I'm curious to know if it is proven that they were killed by the snake. 



turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Aug. 6, 2013 at 12:12 AM

simple frown

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