On Monday, a boa constrictor escaped from a pet store in Campbellton, New Brunswick, and killed two children.
The snake reportedly escaped from a pet store, named “Reptile Ocean”, and made it’s way into the apartment above the store. The report doesn’t go into much detail, but police believe the boa constrictor possibly traveled through ventilation ducts and into the apartment where the 5- and 7-year old victims were living.
The owner of “Reptile Ocean”, Jean-Claude Savoie, said that this was a tragic incident. “My body is in shock. I don’t know what to think,” he told Global News. “I feel like they’re my kids,” he said. Savoie discovered the boys in their apartment on Monday morning. “I thought they were sleeping until I saw the hole in the ceiling. I turned the lights on and I saw this horrific scene. The snake went through a ventilation system. I don’t understand how it did it. It went through the ceiling…and the snake fell through the living room from the ceiling. I found the snake. It was in a hole underneath. I pinned him down and put him in a cage and the SPCA took him,” Savoie said.
RCMP Const. Julie Rogers-Marsh said, “It’s believed the snake escaped from a pet store called Reptile Ocean. The victims were boys aged five and seven. They were in the apartment above the store… The preliminary investigation has led police to believe that a python snake escaped its enclosure in the store sometime overnight. It’s believed the two boys were strangled by the snake.” The boa constrictor that is responsible for the deaths of the children has been found and captured by police.
Even more of a reason to dislikes snakes: Python or Boa Constrictor escapes Canadian pet shop and strangles two boys in upstairs apartment
— Alexandra Bryant (@AlexBryant1) August 6, 2013
The “Reptile Ocean” Facebook page made the decision to temporarily shut their page down due to the hurtful comments that were being posted. “Deepest sympathies 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. We all have a heavy heart today. As anyone would. And attacks on the animals owner are unnecessary.”