Fresh from Nik Wallenda’s latest tightrope act in Chicago, U.S. net Discovery Channel is planning to go head-first into the belly of an anaconda for Eaten Alive, a special in which naturalist Paul Rosolie (pictured) will feed himself to a snake.
A Discovery spokesperson confirmed to realscreen that full details of the commission would be released on Monday, but a video online (shown below) provides a sneak peek into the stunt.
According to the video, the special – set to air on December 7 at 9 p.m. EST/PST – will follow wildlife expert Rosolie and his team as they first track down an anaconda and consequently feed Rosolie, clad in a snake-proof suit, to the reptile. The suit appears to have a tether attached, which could be used to pull him out to safety once he is engorged.
On his website, Rosolie says he has worked extensively with anacondas and is committed to raising awareness about the Amazon’s threatened species.
News of the stunt has angered animal rights groups such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which released a statement today (November 6) indicating its disapproval of the special which it says will “torment” the animal. The organization has also asked Discovery Channel to pull the program.
Responding to critics, Rosolie wrote on his website that “the snakes that I work with are under threat from hunting and habitat destruction, and need help. Anacondas are a major player in the Amazon ecosystem that provides one-fifth of our planet’s oxygen and contains one-fifth of the planet’s fresh water.
“For those worried about animal cruelty, I invite you to research my work – read my book. Then ask yourself: would this person ever hurt an animal?” he added.
- Check out a trailer for the special below: