Man to be eaten alive by anaconda in Discovery special, Naturalist Paul Rosolie has been dubbed the “Indiana Jones of the Amazon,” but there’s one key difference between him and Indy: Rosolie isn’t afraid of snakes.
Rosolie, 26, has created a “snake-proof” suit, and allowed himself to be eaten alive by a massive anaconda for an upcoming Discovery Channel TV special, aptly titled “Eaten Alive”. The special will air on December 7, and the extreme stunt has already drawn its fair share of criticism and skepticism.
Wildlife advocates are calling Rosolie’s TV experiment cruel. “#EatenAlive is disgusting. Why put an animal under so much trauma? All for the wonder of live tv,” says one miffed tweeter.
But Rosolie, a wildlife filmmaker who works with anacondas in the Amazon, says his mission is to protect the creatures. “If u know me — I would never hurt a living thing. But you’ll have to watch # EatenAlive to find out how it goes down,” he tweeted.
Business Insider sees that comment as an indication that maybe this is just a stunt, noting that in order to not bring harm to the snake, Rosolie would have to get out of it without cutting it open, an “improbable” feat.
Further, the site talks to a herpetologist who notes it would be tough to create a suit that could withstand the pressure of being inside the snake and facilitate breathing. It’s more “nonsense” from the channel, concludes BI.