Python's strangling of 2 boys in Canada probed

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Associated Press

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 6 at 4:33 PM

TORONTO (AP) — Authorities in Canada say the 100-pound python that's been blamed in the strangling deaths of two young boys had been kept in an enclosure in the apartment where the boys were killed. They had earlier said the snake had escaped from a pet store underneath the apartment.

The two boys, ages 5 and 7, were staying with a friend whose father owned the exotic pet store in New Brunswick.

Authorities say the man didn't have a permit for an African rock python, and they weren't aware it was being kept at the apartment. They say the snake is generally only permitted in accredited zoos.

Police say the snake escaped its enclosure through a small hole in the ceiling connected to the ventilation system. It then made its way toward the living room, and fell into the room when the ventilation pipe collapsed. The pet store owner told Global News that he discovered the "horrific scene" when he went into his living room yesterday morning.

Police say the snake has now been killed.

One snake expert says it would be "very odd" for that type of snake to attack a person -- and that it's possible the python was just holding on to what it landed on.

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APPHOTO CPT107: In this Monday Aug. 5, 2013 photo, Royal Canadian Mounted Police work at the scene of a fatal python attack at Reptile Ocean exotic pet store in Campbellton, New Brunswick. Two young boys were killed by a python snake as they slept in an apartment above the store. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press) (5 Aug 2013)

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