No, you didn’t misread that. A man named Paul Rosolie visited an unexplored ecosystem to find the world’s largest snake (anaconda) and get eaten by it on Discovery Channel’s Eaten Alive show.
A sneak-peek of the Eaten Alive show. Video Credit: Discovery Channel.
Normally, people know a little about the locations they are travelling to beforehand, but Discovery Channel’s team of explorers entered an unexplored ecosystem and searched for an enormous anaconda so they could arrange for it to feast on Paul Rosolie, and he survived. To many people, including myself: This story didn’t add up at all. Snakes have a tendency to crush their prey, and even the biggest ones look a little too small to eat adult humans (at least in my opinion).
How did Paul Rosolie get eaten alive by a snake and live?
Here are some key points to consider:
- He didn’t resist the snake.
- He was covered in blood.
- He was tethered to a rope which was used to pull him back out.
- He was wearing a custom-built snake-proof suit.
The top two points might be the reasons the snake didn’t see a need to crush him first, as the main point of crushing victims is to subdue them so they can’t escape. In other words, the snake probably thought he was already too injured to resist or dead.
As for getting crushed inside the snake: I don’t know how that works. However, I do know that this is the most ambitious and jaw-dropping nature-related adventure I have ever seen.
This isn’t something I would attempt myself. Paul Rosolie is a professional. A simple mistake such as squirming might have caused the snake to try to kill him first, and if the snake escaped, his colleagues would not have been able to pull him out.
This is an extremely risky type of endeavor, but I’m certain that many people (including myself) will watch it, as it is something we have to see with our own eyes.
That episode of Eaten Alive will premiere on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 9/8c.
Source: GroundTraveller and Discovery Channel. Reproduced with permission.