Two boys sleeping atop a pet store in Canada were killed by a 16-foot escaped python, police say.
The brothers, ages 5 and 7, were allegedly strangled to death in their sleep after a 100-pound African Rock Python slithered into their room via a vent connected to the pet store below, according to media reports.
Connor and Noah Barthe were staying with Jean-Claude Savoie, who owns the Reptile Ocean pet store in the small town of Campbellton in New Brunswick, Canada.
Savoie told police he walked into his living room Monday and found the boys dead at 6:30 a.m. The snake was coiled nearby.
Savoie captured the snake and turned it over to Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
An autopsy will be performed on the children. No charges have been filed in the case.
Canada’s National Post reports the children are the sons of Savoie’s “best friend,” Mandy Trecartin, who lives in an apartment behind the pet store.