In what seems to be rare move for a business, a New Brunswick pet store responded to a flood of comments on Facebook after one of its pythons escaped overnight and killed two boys who lived upstairs.
Instead of staying quiet, the Facebook page administrator of Reptile Ocean, an urban zoo in Campbellton, N.B., attacked commenters Monday, telling them they said should be "ashamed" of themselves for blaming the business for the incident.
The administrator admitted to not being the store owner, instead "someone who helps them out with the page", but said the page would shut down temporarily to defend the business from "further demeaning comments."
The page was removed as of 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Two boys, who were five and seven years old, were killed when a python housed at Reptile Ocean escaped its enclosure and strangled the two children, who were sleeping in an apartment upstairs. The boys were visiting the apartment of a friend when the incident occurred.
Police said the large snake traveled through the building's ventilation into the apartment, where Reptile Ocean's owner lived.
Autopsies are scheduled for Tuesday.