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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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Post mortem confirms snake death boys asphyxiated

Noah and Connor Barthe, aged 4 and 6, died on Monday.

A post mortem has confirmed that two boys in Eastern Canada who were apparently attacked in their sleep by a four-metre python died of asphyxiation, police said.

Noah and Connor Barthe, aged 4 and 6, were found dead early on Monday after the snake, a 45kg African rock python, escaped from its glassed-in enclosure, slithered through a ventilation shaft and fell into the room where they were sleeping.

A examination was performed on the snake, which was put down after the attack, and police said it appeared to be in good health.

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