August 5th, 2013
06:57 PM ET

Exotic snake suspected in boys' deaths in Canada

Police in Canada are looking into the deaths of two young boys who appear to have been strangled by an exotic snake.

The boys, ages 5 and 7, were found dead Monday morning at an apartment in Campbellton, New Brunswick. They had been sleeping over at a friend's apartment above a reptile store, according to a statement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Early indications suggest that a snake from the store escaped its enclosure, got into the ventilation system, then the apartment, and strangled the two boys, the statement said.

The snake was captured, and police have it in their possession.

Autopsies on the boys' bodies will be performed Tuesday.

A neighbor, Diane Fournier, has lived on the same street as the pet store for 12 years. She described the deaths as "shocking."

"I knew the kids. They were brothers. They played in my yard with my dogs all of the time," she said.

Fournier sent CNN a photograph her husband took of the store. It showed police cars, cones and yellow tape blocking off the area.

The store, Reptile Ocean Inc., offered condolences on its Facebook page before shutting it down.

"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," the post read.

"we all have a heavy heart today. as anyone would. and attacks on the animals owner are unneccesary."

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  1. BOMBO

    That lowlife store owner should be prepared to take any and all demeaning comments.

    August 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TvNyC

    He should have kept those snakes in check. Who likes snakes anyway? They are evil!

    August 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      Unfortunate what happened. They eat to survive just like you TvNyC. You're the evil one.

      August 5, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Agreed @ BOMBO and @ TvNyC, snakes eww! And i wonder where rupert was at the time. With that uncanny ability of his to turn into different people, even those long gone ya never know snakes would be a very good probabiliy too! Just sayin lol

    August 5, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Lol @ JF, exactly what i meant.

    August 5, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TvNyC

    We don't need snakes

    August 5, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    What the...this is horrible! Holy moly!

    August 6, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |