The Bizarre Moment A Naturalist Gets ‘Eaten Alive’ By An Anaconda For A Discovery TV Stunt…

The hugely controversial Discovery “Eaten Alive” special was finally aired last nights, December 7. It showed 27-year-old American naturalist Paul Rosolie being devoured by a giant 20-foot anaconda he and his team had previously tracked down in the Amazon river.

Wearing a black armored suit and covered in pig blood, Mr. Rosolie moved tentatively “on all fours” toward the enormous serpent, imitating the movements of the snake’s typical prey (wild pigs, deer, capybaras and caiman), as the cameras filmed and his wife, Gowri, watched. Moments later, the female anaconda — one of the world’s top predators — pounced on its 5ft 9ins prey, struck at his head and began constricting his arms and body. However, as the man felt his arm “start to break” under the anaconda’s grip, he ordered his team to save him, with just the top of his head in the snake’s jaws.

Within minutes of the show’s broadcast, people across America took to social networks to vent their disappointment at the highly publicized footage. One Twitter user — Josh Harris, from Boston — wrote:

They should rename #EatenAlive alive to look for snakes for 1.5 hours and then Try to be eaten alive but only get a scratch on my arm.

The “Eaten Alive” footage, which had been vigorously promoted on TV and online for months, was aired despite protests from animal rights groups who deemed the stunt “cruel”. (Scroll down for the video.)

1. Paul Rosolie, 27, is facing ridicule after filming himself being ‘eaten alive’ by a 20ft-long anaconda — only to get his safety team to save him after just part of his head (pictured) was consumed.

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2. In footage aired on the Discovery Channel on Sunday night, the 27-year-old and his 10-strong team tracked down the 18-and-a-half-stone snake, before letting it pounce and ‘eat him’.

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3. However, as Mr Rosolie felt his arm ‘start to break’ under the anaconda’s grip, he ordered his team of fellow naturalists, doctors and vets to save him – with just the top of his head in the snake’s jaws.

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4. Within minutes of the show, named ‘Eaten Alive’, being broadcast, people across America were taking to social networking sites to express their disappointment at the highly-anticipated footage.

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Responding to the complaints, Mr. Rosolie claimed that he carried out the risky move in a bid to raise money to help save the anacondas’ habitat in South America and that the snake was not harmed. He said earlier this month:

I wanted to do something to grab people’s attention to the plight of the disappearing rainforests, something completely crazy. Everything else has been tried.

During the documentary, Mr. Rosolie also explained how he tracked down that particular anaconda, after surviving being seized and dragged into deep water by that very animal in 2008. Since then, he said, he had been “obsessed” with capturing the snake.

5. Disappointed with the video: Twitter user Josh Harris, from Boston , wrote: ‘They should rename #EatenAlive alive to look for snakes for 1.5 hours and then Try to be eaten alive but only get a scratch on my arm’.

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6. Connor McCarthy, from Pennsylvania, tweeted: ‘I hope Paul is happy despite letting an entire nation down. I can’t believe he can show his face on tv right now. What a wuss #EatenAlive’.

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7. Stacey Taylor, from Ontario, Canada, said: ‘#EatenAlive complete waste of my time you didn’t even get eaten alive you cant call a show eaten alive and not get eaten by your anaconda!’

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8. ‘I’m getting coils over me,’ the naturalist could be heard saying as his helmet camera captured the inside of the snake’s jaws. ‘She’s got my arms pinned. She knows there’s nothing I can do’.

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9. Mr. Rosolie’s bid to be eaten — and rescued before perishing — took filmmakers two years to prepare. Above, the daredevil poses with the anaconda in a publicity shot before the documentary was aired.

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10. Mr. Rosalie said: ‘I would not have done this if there were any real chance of hurting or stressing out the snake I’ve seen first-hand how the Amazon Rainforest is being destroyed’.

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11. ‘People need to wake up to what is going on. What better way is there to shock people than to put my life on the line with the largest snake on the planet, the Green Anaconda?’ said Mr. Rosalie.

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And here is the video:

Sources: Discovery, The New York Post, The Daily Mail.

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