(Closed) Python kills two little boys

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Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Peachytalk:  good lord… I just can’t understand how you can have that kind of pet and not have it secure. Then again, I don’t understand how you could have that kind of pet at all. 🙁

Post # 18
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@QuirkySocialite:  Oh, wow, what an update!  Was the pet store owner also the one who lived in the apartment?  I’m a little confused…

Edit:  Never mind, just saw the answer to my question.

Post # 19
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Honey Beekeeper
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I read somewhere (yesterday, so could have changed) that it fell through the ceiling — is that wrong?  If not, how does one not hear/wake up to an 11 foot python falling through the ceiling and check on the kids?? 

So tragic..

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

a necropsy will be conducted to help determine what might have prompted the attack.”

It’s a giant fucking snake, that’s what prompted the attack! It’s not a domesticated animal! This story is so awful. I am so sorry for the little boys and their family, and have absolutely no sympathy for the snake-owner.

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

ugh this story is the stuff of nightmares

Post # 24
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@QuirkySocialite:  I’m always right 😀 It was a pet according to what I read this morning and the store underneath was owned by the family friend (who also lived in the apartment). I am not a fan of banned exotic pets that can kill me :-

Post # 25
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@distracts:  That’s exactly it. People try to domesticate predators that are not meant to be pets. It’s his own fault. The only shame is that 2 innocent little boys were in harm’s way.

Post # 26
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

The snake is a snake. It’s a predator and it does what snakes do. However, most pythons are not dangerous animals when treated properly. The escape/fall probably startled it, so even if it was a well mannered creature, it would have acted uncharacteristically.

I sympathize for everyone involved. How absolutely tragic.

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
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@Peachytalk:  Actually, the sizing up story is one of those popular myths.  Check it out: http://www.snopes.com/critters/snakes/measured.asp

 

@distracts:  Saying that the snake attacked these two boys just because it’s a snake doesn’t really hold.  That imples that snakes kill people all the time just because they’re snakes.  What about dogs?  Deer?  Cows?  Each of those kill people every year.  Doesn’t mean they’re all bad.  Hey, there’s an entire ode to sharks this week to explain that “dangerous animals” are not necessarily more dangerous than the common one.  A lot of it depends on how you treat them.

I’m not saying people should keep pythons for pets, but I’m also not saying that people shouldn’t keep snakes for pets.  There are plenty of people who keep snakes as pets.  This is like saying if there’s a pit bull that killed a 5 year old (nothing against pit bulls, there was just a story the past few months of this happening), all pit bulls- or even dogs- should be banned.

 

@Hyperventilate:  Agreed completely.

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper
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@Peachytalk:  this makes me sick to my stomach 🙁 

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
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@Asia:  The update disappeared!  I tried using that link, but the article isn’t there.  Perhaps it was retracted?

Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Very sad for those families of the two little boys. We mustn’t forget the dangers of owning wild animals, even ones bread in captivity, as pets. 

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