Paul Rosolie, 27, was saved by his team from being crushed by a 20-foot anaconda that was about to eat him after he smeared himself in pig’s blood to attempt his attack
A resurfaced video shows the heartbreaking moment a TV daredevil almost got lunch for a 20ft anaconda during a stunt before being rescued by his team.
Paul Rosolie, 27, an American conservationist, tracked down the 18th predator in the Amazon River in South America and set himself up as bait, smearing himself in pig’s blood and crawling towards it on all fours.
The footage, which first aired on the Discovery Channel in 2014 as part of the documentary Eaten Alive, showed the snake following its natural hunting instincts as it lunged at him and latched onto his head.
His wife Gowri and the camera crew watched as the snake snaked around his body to try and crush him to death – and it got very close.
The guy began to feel his arm snapping from the pressure and force of the animal, so he ordered his team of naturalists, doctors, and vets to save him as his head was stuck in his jaws.
After watching the show, Twitter users brutally attacked the guy for asking for help to get out of a life-threatening situation he had put himself in.
One user wrote: “You should rename #EatenAlive alive to search for snakes for 1.5 hours and then try to get eaten alive but only get a scratch on your arm.”
Another added: “I hope Paul is happy even though he’s let down a whole nation. I can’t believe he gets to show his face on TV right now. What bullshit #EatenAlive.”
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A third said: “#EatenAlive is a complete waste of time, you weren’t even eaten alive, you can’t call a show eaten alive and not get eaten by your anaconda!”
Many even called the stunt “cruel,” but Rosolie defended his actions, claiming the stunt was done to raise money to save the snake’s habitat and that the animal was not harmed.
He said at the time: “I wanted to do something to draw people’s attention to the plight of the disappearing rainforests, something completely crazy. Everything else has been tried.”