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40 Pythons Recovered from a Motel in Canada

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Aug 17, 2013 07:39 AM EDT
 African rock python at w:Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.
African rock python at w:Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Recently, an African rock python killed two boys in Canada (not pictured) (Photo : Moe Epsilon/ wikimedia commons )

On Thursday August 15, 40 Pythons ranging from 1 foot to 4.5 feet were recovered from a hotel room in Colborne St. Motel, Brantford in Ontario, Canada, the police said in a statement.  The snakes were found in several large plastic bins.

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The pythons belonged to a couple who were staying in the motel room after they were evicted from their home. They could be charged with breaking laws that prohibit owning pythons, AFP reported. The police didn't comment on the location of the couple when the snakes were being recovered from the motel.

This is not the first snake incident in the region. A few days back, two young boys in Canada were crushed to death by a python.

Couple of days ago, two boys- Noah Barthe, 4, and his brother Connor, 6- were strangled to death by a 100-pound African rock python in Campbelton, New Brunswick, Canada. The boys were sleeping at a friend's home above a pet store. Preliminary investigation supported the idea that the boys had died due to asphyxiation.

The case surprised many experts as African rock pythons are capable of killing large prey but it is very unusual for the snake to kill humans. The family of the boys had said that they were playing at a farm before going to bed that night, the scent of the animals could have led the python mistake the boys for food.

The snakes found in hotel were recovered by the Society for the Protection of Animals Canada.

"The snakes were not being suitably cared for and were in distress.  The anxious officers called the SPCA who attended and took 40 pythons into their care. After a visit to the veterinarian it is expected the snakes will be fine," police added.


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