VIDEO: Man to Be Eaten by Anaconda on Live TV Stunt Goes Awry
Last night's, Discovery Channel aired a much hyped special titled EATEN ALIVE, featuring snake researcher and conservationist Paul Rosolie who has dedicated his career to studying the Giant Green Anaconda, the largest and most powerful snake in the world and the top predator in the Amazon.This past summer, over a 60-day period, crews documented Rosolie's expedition to an enchanted and hidden realm deep within the Amazonian jungle, an area the locals call the "floating forest." It is in the floating forest that Rosolie believes the largest anacondas in the world live and breed, and one of the only locations to truly study these elusive and majestic snakes in the wild. On his one and only previous expedition to this secluded part of the Amazonian jungle, Rosolie was very close to capturing what he believed was the world's largest anaconda, a 25 to 27-foot behemoth that slipped through his hands and nearly dragged him to the bottom of the floating forest. Since Rosolie's goal was to persevere through the constriction and potential ingestion deep into the belly of the beast, he relied on a custom-built suit he designed for his protection. Constructed by Rosolie and his team of engineers working alongside herpetologists, the suit was built to ensure the snake's safety just as much as it was to protect Rosolie's life. Since anacondas rely on their massive size and power to subdue their prey, Rosolie risked life and limb in the hopes of measuring the constriction force of a massive anaconda, to gain more insight on its hunting and feeding behaviors, and ultimately, to gain a greater understanding of the inner workings of these majestic creatures.
After nearly two hours of airtime was spent locating an anaconda, the stunt came to a quick conclusion when Rosolie asked to be extricated from the snake after only his head had been consumed.
According to US Weekly's report on the story, Rosolie explained, "I started to feel the blood drain out of my hand and I felt the bone flex. And when I got to the point where I felt like it was going to snap I had to tap out."
Watch a promo for the show below!