TWO children are dead after a python escaped a pet store in northern New Brunswick and strangled them while they slept in an apartment in the same building.
Canadian authorities confirmed the deceased were a five-year-old boy and a seven-year-old boy.
Mounties were called to the home, in Campbellton, at about 6:30 a.m. Monday.
Global News reports the python is believed to have escaped from a store called Reptile Ocean and got into the apartment.
Store owner Jean-Claude Savoie said the two children belonged to his best friend and they often slept over in his apartment.
"I feel like they're my kids," he said.
"My body is in shock. I don't know what to think," he told Global News.
He told of how he went into the living room, where the kids were sleeping, and discovered a gruesome sight.
"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.
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