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Escaped Snake From Pet Store Kills Two Boys
NEW BRUNSWICK, Canada (WKRC-TV) Two young brothers were found dead in an apartment over a reptile store in New Brunswick, Canada.
Investigators believe they were strangled by a snake that escaped its enclosure and slithered into the building's ventilation system.
The boys, ages 5 and 7, were sleeping over at a friend's apartment above Reptile Ocean in the city of Campbellton.
Their bodies were discovered on Monday morning, said Constable Jullie Rogers-Marsh of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The snake, which was recovered in the building by the store owner, was in the custody of police. Police have not released the species of the snake.
Experts say attacks by exotic snakes are extremely rare.
Reptile Ocean did not respond to a request for comment. On its official Facebook page the retailer calls itself "an exotic pet store open to the public for purchase and viewing."