In Canada the funeral of two brothers killed by a pet python has been held. The boys were attacked by the snake as they slept in the living room of a friend’s house, above a pet shop.
According to their parents’ wishes, the inseparable brothers were buried in a single casket. The priest said there was no way to express the pain and no way to prepare for such a service.
The boys were found dead on Monday morning in Campbellton, New Brunswick where they had been on a sleepover with the son of the pet shop owner. He was asleep in another room and was unharmed.
A post-mortem showed that the boys died of asphyxiation. Earlier, around 1,000 mourners attended a vigil in memory of the brothers.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has sent his condolences to the family and pledged to review the law on exotic pet shops. A criminal investigation is under way but no charges have yet been filed.