Man in ‘snake-proof’ suit to be ‘eaten’ by anaconda during Discovery Channel special

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Paul Rosolie, a filmmaker and naturalist, built a custom snake-proof suit so he could be devoured by an anaconda for a Discovery Channel television special.

A YouTube promo for the Dec. 7 special — titled, predictably, “Eaten Alive” — shows Rosolie stalking an anaconda, otherwise minding its own business, before it presumably attacks and eats him, which is not shown in the promo.

Ahead of the show’s airing, the episode has riled environmentalists, who say Rosolie can’t feasibly remove himself from the snake’s body unless he cuts himself out.

“Not only does this publicity stunt sound far-fetched, it would also be lethal for the snake,” Delcianna Winders, PETA’s Deputy General Counsel, told Us Weekly magazine. “Shame on this pseudo ‘wildlife expert’ for tormenting and likely killing an animal for a thrill, and shame on the Discovery Channel for giving him the incentive to do it.”

Winders continued, “”Not only does this publicity stunt sound far-fetched, it would also be lethal for the snake. Shame on this pseudo ‘wildlife expert’ for tormenting and likely killing an animal for a thrill, and shame on the Discovery Channel for giving him the incentive to do it.”

A Discovery Channel representative told Entertainment Weekly the special is not a hoax.

Rosolie fired back at critics on Twitter.

 

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