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Deadly python put down

The two brothers strangled by a python in Canada have been named locally as 5-year-old Noah Barthe and 7-year-old Connor Barthe. The boys were killed after the python escaped from an exotic pet shop. The snake has since been put down.

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Snake escaped via ventilation system before killing

It is understood a python that strangled two children - aged five and seven - in Canada had escaped through a ventilation system.

Global News reports the pet shop in Campbellton, named Reptile Ocean, had been closed but the owner had converted the building into his apartment and animals remained inside.

The pet shop called 'Reptile Ocean' where the snake is understood to have escaped from. Credit: RTV

The owner told Global News the boys were the children of a friend and had been sleeping over when the snake is believed to have found its way into the building's ventilation system before falling through the ceiling and into the room where the boys were sleeping.

Police and forensic teams outside the former pet shop. Credit: RTV

Jean-Claude Savoie told Global news: "My body is in shock, I don't know what to think."

The snake has since been found and is in the possession of the police.

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