Canada pet shop owner had no permit for killer python
MONTREAL, Quebec (AFP) - The owner of a python which is thought to have crushed two children to death in a Canadian apartment did not have a permit to keep such an animal, officials said.
Brothers Connor and Noah Barthe, aged six and four, were found dead on Monday morning in an apartment in the eastern Canadian city of New Brunswick, above a pet shop.
The pair had been enjoying a sleepover with a friend, the young son of Jean-Claude Savoie, who tends to a private menagerie of exotic animals, including an African rock python.
Police are treating the apartment as a crime scene and an investigation has been launched into how children became exposed to a four-metre-long, 45kg predator.