Awesome Show About Snake Swallowing a Man or Scary Animal Abuse That Should Never Happen—You Decide
Well, you can’t accuse them of running out of fresh ideas.
The folks at the Discovery Channel have announced a TV special titled Eaten Alive, in which filmmaker Paul Rosolie douses himself in pig’s blood and wears a “custom-built snake-proof suit” before entering the belly of a green anaconda.
So are experts. Speaking to Business Insider, Bronx Zoo herpetologist Frank Indiviglio puts it bluntly: “Nonsense; not possible.” He spoke out on Twitter as well, saying “Discovery has taken a real nosedive in recent years; more nonsense.”
Wildlife advocates have other concerns: the welfare of the snake.
“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,” said Delcianna Winders, PETA’s deputy general counsel, in a statement. “Shame on this pseudo ‘wildlife expert’ for tormenting this animal, and shame on the Discovery Channel for giving him the incentive to do so.”
More than 6,000 people have signed a Change.org petition asking the Discovery Channel to cancel the show’s Dec. 7 premiere and viewers to boycott the cable network until it does.
Rosolie has responded to the backlash on his website, suggesting that he would never hurt an animal. “I hope you’ll tune in.... I think you’ll be surprised [by] what you find,” he wrote.
Green anacondas can weigh more than 550 pounds and grow to more than 29 feet. The South American natives aren’t venomous, but their muscular bodies let them capture and squeeze their prey, including wild pigs, deer, and other large mammals, before feeding on them. The stretchy ligaments of their jaws allow the snakes to swallow their meals whole. The only predators that threaten them are humans, who capture the animals to sell as exotic pets and who wipe out their habitats.