PHOTOS: Math Teacher Captures 17-foot-long Anaconda That Ate His Friend’s Dog

A math teacher in French Guiana turned into a sort of tropical action hero when he waded into a river to capture an enormous anaconda that had eaten his friend’s dog. He wrestled the 17-foot-long beast in a shallow river, filming the moment he succeeded in catching it for himself. The snake reportedly snatched the friend’s dog from the banks of the river.

Sebastien Bascoules, a 39-year-old resident of Matoury, French Guiana, hauled the unconscious reptile, weighing 175 pounds, out of the water and onto dry land before blindfolding it with a t-shirt. And of course, he took plenty of photos to showcase his awesome feat. The event occurred last year, but details were only now released

“A friend phoned me and explained that his dog, Minus, had been eaten by an anaconda close to his house,” Sebastien told the Telegraph. “At first I was not scared because I thought it was smaller – but I was very surprised by his strength and his length – more than five meters.”

He even allowed his three children, all between the ages of 5 and 11, to spend some quality time petting the snake once it was safely unconscious on dry land. Sebastien, and apparently his kids, is a bit of a reptile enthusiast, but even handling them for years, he’s never seen any one quite so big as this anaconda. This story is starting to sound dirty.

“It was so big I asked to my friend to help me by catching his tail – otherwise it could strangle me. But because it was digesting the dog it was very calm before I touched it.”

He brought the snake back to his family’s home to spend the night in the bathtub, intending to return it to a part of the river far from in the daylight hours the next day. Indeed, that’s what he did.

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