First, there was Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale, and now there’s Paul Rosolie, who was swallowed by a giant anaconda. But Jonah’s adventure wasn’t televised.
Rosolie, a naturalist and filmmaker, filmed himself being swallowed and regurgitated by a giant anaconda, the largest snake in the world. To prepare for the task, he donned a “snake-proof suit” and slathered himself in pigs’ blood.
The special, titled Eaten Alive, will air on the Discovery Channel on Dec. 7. Unless it doesn’t.
Although it hasn’t yet aired, animal rights activists area already crying fowl and pressuring the Discover channel to pull it from their schedule. They claim the stunt was an act of “animal abuse to the highest degree,” according to CSM.
Since the special has yet to air, it’s hard to say too much about the content, but the trailers show Rosolie and his team venturing into the Amazon rainforest in search of the snake. Once the snake is found, Rosolie is depicted putting himself into the special suit and pigs’ blood before kneeling in front of the anaconda.
“We’re going to make me as appealing as possible, so the snake just says, ‘Well, I got this big thing here, I might as well get a free meal.,'” Rosolie says in the trailer below. “You have to go head first.”
Rosolie is reportedly removed from the snake by pulling a cord attached to his suit after he’s swallowed whole. It’s safe to say he made it out safe, since he’s been active on Twitter since filming.
The petition to keep the program from airing, on Change.org, has already collected more than 11,000 signatures.