Talk about good marketing!
There's no such thing as bad publicity, and Discovery certainly knows it.
So when their special program Eaten Alive stirred up controversy, they sat back and let the free advertisement roll in.
That's because naturalist Paul Rosolie was supposed to be eaten alive by an actual anaconda snake. Sure, he'd have a special suit, but real danger was always present.
Well the show aired and it turns out Rosolie got squeezed up something good, but called his team in to save him before the snake could even sample his human meal.
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Also, in another example of how movies aren't real, it turned out the anaconda wasn't just a wild snake… it was a 20-foot, 250-pound
LIE! Peruvian green anaconda… living in captivity!
That's right, it was basically someone's pet snake.
"We didn't want to stress out a snake and then release her to the wild. We wanted to be able to check her out, make sure she was okay. We kept in touch with her keeper for weeks afterwards to make sure she was alive and back to normal. We wanted to keep the suspense but really, it wasn't that big of deal for the snake. But people have been drawing such crazy conclusions, we let them wonder.
PETA promoted the hell out of it. They helped me out a lot."
Ha! That's so funny!
He must've known that PETA would obviously be upset by all this.
Looks like he just sat back and let everyone else promote the hell out of his show.
We don't even care that everyone was sorta duped… we're just glad the snake is okay and this guy didn't end up receiving a Darwin Award.
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