A man in a “snake-proof” suit was contracted to be swallowed whole by an anaconda during a Dicovery Channel Special. Apparently, this is no hoax. Paul Rosolie, a filmmaker, intends to make this documentary special to feature on television. The promo shows Rosolie following an unsuspecting anaconda. The title of this special is named “Eaten Alive,” and will air on December 7.
The problem here lies with animal activists and other environmentalists. Does Roloslie actually intend on living inside of a snake for the rest of his life? If not, the snake will inevitably be butchered for the man to escape his scaly confinement.
Some are going as far as attacking Discovery Channel itself for giving this man a stage to tear apart a living creature from the inside out.
It can’t be denied that this is an extreme stunt to pull off and is only added to the few that Discovery Channel has pulled off in the past. Some information says that Rosolie covered himself in pig’s blood to attract the snake.
According to Entertainment Weekly, PETA issued a furious statement to the Discovery Channel network:
“This blatant publicity stunt sounds far-fetched, but if the description is accurate, the snake was tormented and suffered for the sake of ratings—as animals usually do when they’re used for entertainment. Anacondas go days without eating and expend the energy needed to do so selectively. Making this snake use up energy by swallowing this fool and then possibly regurgitating him would have left the poor animal exhausted and deprived of the energy that he or she needs. Shame on this pseudo ‘wildlife expert’ for tormenting this animal, and shame on the Discovery Channel for giving him the incentive to do so. PETA has not heard back after reaching out to the Discovery Channel asking them to pull the show, whether it is a hoax or not.”
However, new information states that both the man and snake are okay. How okay could they really be though? Rosolie stated the following on twitter to possibly reassure those angered by his stunt:
“If u know me- I would never hurt a living thing.”
Trustworthy words, don’t you think?