This story is just so so pathetic. There is something in me that absolutely rejects the concept of any kind of reptile as a pet and if there must be a reptile pet store, I just don’t get why it wold be located in a residential area.
Of course those who are fond of reptiles might arguee that dogs and cats (the usual pets) have also been known to have “mishaps.” Valid argument but there is something so sinister about having your sleeping children strangled to death by a legless creature with no sense of thought or emotions (thats how I view all reptiles, sorry). I am yet to hear of dogs attacking a sleeping person but then I might have my facts upside down.
May their little souls rest in peace and may God grant the parents the strength of character to continue living in peace with that shop owner. I do hope he is prosecuted for criminal negligence, manslaughter or something. This just aint right.
- Noah and Connor Barth were sleeping at an apartment above the Reptile Ocean pet store in Campbellton in New Brunswick, Canada
- Serpent escaped its cage and slithered to the home through the air ducts
- Punched a hole in the ceiling and dropped onto boys as they slept
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police have seized the snake and are investigating
Two brothers, age five and seven, have been tragically strangled to death in their sleep by a massive 16-foot python that escaped from a pet store below the apartment where the children were staying.
The first pictures have emerged of little Connor and Noah Barth, who were sleeping soundly when the 100-pound African Rock Python fell from the ceiling and attacked them.
The boys were spending the night with Jean-Claude Savoie, who lives above the Reptile Ocean pet store that he owns in the tiny New Brunswick city of Campbellton in Canada.
Reptile Ocean is home to a veritable menagerie of exotic animals, including crocodiles, tarantulas, tortoises and numerous snakes.
Mr Savoie described to the Global News how he walked into the living room and found the two boys dead about 6.30am on Monday. He found the snake coiled in a hole nearby.
He said the creeping serpent slithered upstairs into his apartment through the ventilation ducts and creeped into the ceiling.
It then fell through the ceiling and dropped onto the small boys from above. Mr Savoie said he believes the snake coiled around both children and crushed them as they slept together on the floor.
‘Full of joy’: A neighbor described Noah and Connor as happy children who loved playing with animals
The National Post reports that the snake was a 14 to 16-foot African rock python that even its owner said was ‘vicious’ and was rarely handled.
Tim Thomas, a former Reptile Ocean employee, told the newspaper that when he learned of the tragedy, he immediately called Mr Savoie’s best friend, Mandy Trecartin, who told him it was her boys who were killed.
Neighbor Diane Fournier confirmed to MailOnline that it was Connor and Noah who had been killed.
She described how she often saw the brothers happily playing together outside. They were fascinated by animals, she said, and often came over to pet her dog.
‘The kids were always playing and laughing. They were really full of joy and lots of energy,’ she said.
Shocked: Jean-Claude Savoie, left, who describes himself as best friends with the boys’ mother, Mandy Trecartin, right, said he has no idea how the snake slithered into the room where the boys were staying
The brothers are believed to have been killed by anAfrican Rock Python, Africa’s largest snake. The reptile can grow as long as 20ft and as heavy as 200lbs.
In the wild, it is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa and in 2009, six of the snakes were found in the Florida Everglades.
It constricts its prey to death and has been known to devour whole antelopes or crocodiles. After gripping the prey, the snake coils around it and tightens its coils every time the prey exhales; death is often caused by cardiac arrest rather than by asphysxiation. As well as larger animals, it feeds on rodents, lizards, monkeys and bats.
The snake, which has brown, olive chestnut and yellow markings, is recognizable by its thick body which is covered with colored blotches that create stripes. It has a distinctive triangular pattern along the top of its head and beneath its eyes.
Facebook photos show both of the boys handling a small corn snake – called Mr Slithers – owned by their mother.
Ms Fournier told MailOnline that Mr Savoie operated Reptile Ocean as both a pet shop and as a zoo. He kept numerous snakes and lizards and small crocodiles to sell, but he hosted tour groups.
‘He always had kids going in there to visit like school kids and groups,’ she said.
Ms Fournier said she she herself has touched the snake that is believed to have killed the boys. He often showed it off and kept it in a locked cage, she said.
The boys are brothers, the children of Mr Savoie’s best friend. He said they often sleep over at his apartment.
‘I thought they were sleeping until I (saw) the hole in the ceiling. I turned the lights on and I (saw) this horrific scene,’ he said.
‘(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,’ he said.
The snake is not usually handled by anyone in the store and Mr Savoie said he does not know how it escaped its cage in the pet shop.
Brothers: The boys often stayed with Mr Savoie, who is best friends with their mother Mandy,
He said he has owned the giant snake for more than a decade.
‘My body is in shock. I don’t know what to think,’ he told Global News.
The horrifying deaths of the two children shocked residents of the small city of 7,400 in northern New Brunswick.
‘It’s very nerve-wracking. If one got out, how many else got out,’ Ms Fournier said.
Police said an autopsy on Tuesday will confirm the exact cause of death, though officials believe the boys were crushed to death by the snake.
Mr Savoie said he captured the snake and turned it over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who are examining the creature.
An RCMP spokeswoman said the major crimes unit is investigating the case and will determine whether any criminal charges should be filed against the owner.
Culled from www.dailymail.co.uk