If those are the first words out of your mouth when you first heard about a man getting eaten alive by an anaconda on television, you wouldn’t be the only one. But this is oh-so-real, and bat-shit crazy. (Snake-shit crazy?) Twenty-seven year old Paul Rosolie was indeed ingested by a snake weeks ago while trekking through Peru. It was all in a bid to raise awareness for the wildlife living in the jungles there and to get a better understanding of the snake’s hunting and feeding behaviours. And, we suppose, to also get a better idea of its inner workings. It’s all going to be seen on television Sunday night with Eaten Alive on Discovery.
Horrified yet? You know you still kind of want to watch.
The naturalist and wildlife filmmaker promises no harm came to the snake that ate him, but the biggest question we still have is how the heck did he get out? Was he regurgitated? Pooped out? Did he need to be cut out of the thing’s stomach? Perhaps the term “no harm” actually boils down to a couple of snake stitches. That part of the special is still under wraps, and won’t be revealed until it airs.
Here are just some of the reasons why willingly getting eaten alive by a snake is the craziest idea ever:
It took 60 days to even find the thing.
The snake Rosolie was looking for was the biggest known species, the Giant Green Anaconda — an animal that typically resides deeps within the Amazonian jungle. So in addition to letting the thing eat him, Rosolie had to contend with other Amazon animals like tarantulas, piranhas, poop-slinging monkeys, some of the angriest mosquitoes that ever lived and rats the size of dogs, among others. Finding the snake was probably a Godsend at that point. Unless of course he’d seen the movie Anaconda. We feel like if he had he might not have been so willing to sacrifice his body.
Snakes don’t just eat you.
Remember that time an anaconda ate an alligator and everyone watched it on YouTube? Sure, that happens, but it’s not every day that a snake snacks on such a large animal. It actually takes a lot of energy for a snake to feed, which is why PETA and other organizations have tried to stop this thing from airing. But Rosolie insists that what he did actually didn’t hurt the snake at all. After filming wrapped he assured international media outlets that the suit he and his team constructed was smooth so as to ensure no damage was done to the snake’s insides.
But one animal was harmed in the making of this special.
This is a shout-out to the pig who apparently sacrificed his or her blood in the name of science. At least that’s what we can only assume happened, since Rosolie had to smear himself with pig’s blood in order to “entice” Snakey into eating him. If this conjures up images of Lord of the Flies don’t worry: us too.
This is 400 pounds of crazy.
Yep, you read that right. The snake weighed 400 pounds. This man let a 400-pound, 25-foot snake eat him. Since snake muscles crush their food once it’s inside, this entire thing screamed danger from the get go. Need a better idea of how much pressure that would be on your body? Well, the highest measured force of an anaconda constriction has been measured at 90psi. So roughly what it would feel like if there was a school bus on your chest. Nothing magical about that guys.
It takes an entire team of crazy to even make this happen.
Now that we know what kind of pressure (literally) Rosolie was under, we can examine the suit he had to wear in order to actually survive. It was designed by an entire team of engineers and herpetologists (people who study amphibians), and it reportedly gave Rosolie up to three hours of oxygen. Because of course, how could you breath inside a snake? It was made of carbon fibre and looked something like a hazmat suit meets Ironman. No word on if the guy felt like a superhero when he dove into the snake’s mouth headfirst.
Watch a preview of the special below and be sure to tune in on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT to Eaten Alive on Discovery.