Naturalist Paul Rosolie tried (and failed) to be devoured by an anaconda last night on an anti-climatic episode of the Discovery Channel's Eaten Alive. PETA is mad about it, mostly because they tricked that poor snake!
From PETA SVP Lisa Lang's statement:
Last night, despite protests by conservationists, biologists, herpetologists, and decent people everywhere who oppose the abuse of wildlife, the Discovery Channel aired the inexcusable torment of a captured wild green anaconda and several other snakes.The animals were removed from their water habitat and transported to a filming location, and the chosen snake was deceived into using her precious energy reserves to constrict a human being pretending to be a pig, all for a publicity stunt.
But also, PETA points out, that anaconda was hungry and she didn't even get to eat anyone!
Under natural conditions, anacondas go weeks and even months between meals, eating only when necessary for survival and expending the tremendous amount of energy required to attack, constrict, and consume large prey only when the payoff outweighs the risk. Paul Rosolie and his crew put this snake through undeniable stress and robbed her of essential bodily resources. She was forced to constrict and then not allowed to eat.
So. It would appear that everyone on all sides is in agreement that this whole thing would have been better had Rosolie been eaten by the snake.
[Image via Discovery Channel]