Python That Killed Two Boys Didn’t Escape From Zoo, Was Actually Living in Apartment

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 6, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

A python that killed two young boys on August 5 didn’t escape from an exotic pet store below the apartment where they died–it was the owner’s pet.

The snake was in an aquarium in the apartment, which the two boys were visiting as one of their friends lives there. The snake somehow slipped into the apartment’s ventilation system, dropping into the living room where the brothers were sleeping.

The two boys were identified on Tuesday as Noah Barthe, 5, and Connor Barthe, 7.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Alain Tremblay told CTV the important update to the investigation on Tuesday afternoon. 

“Right now, we’re still looking at evidence in the apartment to determine exactly how the snake could get into the ventilation system,” Tremblay said.

No charges have been filed in the case. Jean-Claude Savoie, who lives in the apartment, also owns the Reptile Ocean store below it. It is unclear if he is allowed to hold the African rock python in his apartment. 

“The investigator is still looking into whether he had all the rights to keep such (an) animal,” Tremblay said. “There are a lot of things to look at. We’re just at the first step of this investigation.”

The snake was already captured and killed. 

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.