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Naturalist Paul Rosolie claimed that he was going to be eaten alive by an anaconda in the Discovery special, Eaten Alive. The aim of the special was to raise awareness of the destruction of the rain forest.
However, although audiences worldwide couldn’t wait to see the stunt, Rosalie bailed out in the last minute and disappointed viewers across the globe.
He put on a carbon-fiber protective suit that was supposed to protect him from the snake’s heart-stopping constriction and the snake bit his helmet. A few moments later, Rosolie called his security team to help him. Apparently, when he felt his arm starting to break, he couldn’t go on with the stunt.
I started to feel the blood drain out of my hand and I felt the bone flex. And when I got to the point where I felt like it was going to snap I had to tap out.
There was no second attempt and the anaconda was released back into the wild. Since Twitter exploded with complaints and disappointment, the naturalist said that the aim of it all was to raise money to save the snake’s habitat in South America.
I wanted to do something to grab people’s attention to the plight of the disappearing rainforests, something completely crazy. Everything else has been tried.