The official from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Julie Rogers-Marsh, said that the two brothers, aged five and seven, were sleeping in an apartment above Reptile Ocean Inc. when the incident occurred in Campbellton, New Brunswick.
A friend of two children was sleeping in another room and he was not hurt. “Initial investigations led police to believe that a python escaped from its cage in the shop that night,” Rogers-Marsh police told Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
“Believed, the two boys were wrapped around the snake.” Local media reported that the two boys were sleeping at a friend’s house when the snake was believed to have entered the building’s ventilation system and entered the upstairs apartment before twisting the children to death that night.
The snake has been captured and is now being handled by the police. The python is the only large snake in the pet store and is believed to be an African rock python, which usually eats monkeys and antelopes in the wild,