Aug.6 - An escaped snake is thought to have strangled two young brothers found dead at an apartment in Canada. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
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Two young brothers found dead in an apartment over a reptile store in New Brunswick, Canada, are believed to have been strangled by a snake that escaped its enclosure and slithered into the building's ventilation system, police said on Monday. (August 5)
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, who would not identify its species.
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."
An autopsy on the boys was planned for Tuesday (August 6).
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