Canadian town probes python's strangling of 2 boys
CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick (AP) - A 45-kg python blamed in the strangling deaths of two Canadian boys apparently escaped from its pet store enclosure, slithered through a ventilation system and fell through the ceiling into the room where the young brothers were sleeping, the shop owner said on Tuesday.
A snake expert said it was possible that the python was spooked and simply clung to whatever it landed on.
Autopsies on the brothers, aged five and seven, were being performed on Tuesday. They had been visiting the apartment of a friend above an exotic pet store in Campbellton, New Brunswick, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Constable Julie Rogers-Marsh.
She said the snake apparently escaped during the night and made its way into the apartment through the ventilation system. A friend of the boys was sleeping in another room and was unharmed, she said.