Eaten Alive

Why does Paul Rosolie want to be consumed by a giant anaconda?

Discovery just released more details on its upcoming special Eaten Alive, where naturist and author Rosolie endeavors to get eaten by a massive snake while wearing a special crush-proof suit. The special has drawn protests by animal rights activists, who say its a cruel stunt to pull on a snake (specifically the Giant Green Anaconda).

But it seems Rosolie and his protesters have something in common since he says his goal is to draw attention the issue of rainforest habitat destruction (which also endangers the animals who live there).

“I’ve seen first-hand how the Amazon Rainforest is being destroyed,” Rosolie said in a statement. “It is so rampant that we may be the last generation with the opportunity to save it. People need to wake up to what is going on. What better way is there to shock people than to put my life on the line with the largest snake on the planet, the Green Anaconda?”

The special was shot over the course of 60 days this past summer. His suit “was built to ensure the snake’s safety just as much as it was to protect Rosolie’s life,” Discovery said. The carbon fiber outfit was built to withstand 90psi, the highest measured force of an anaconda constriction, and “the equivalent of having a large school bus on one’s chest.” The network won’t reveal to what extent, if any, that Rosolie was actually consumed by the snake. The network does say the snake survived the encounter. The special airs Dec. 7 at 9 p.m.