1. On Sunday evening, the Discovery Channel aired its heavily trailed Eaten Alive show, which involved American naturalist Paul Rosolie being eaten alive by a giant anaconda.
The stunt had been heavily criticised by some animal rights groups, with an online petition calling on Discovery not to air the show – because it was “animal abuse to the highest degree” – receiving almost 40,000 signatures.
Rosolie though defended the show, saying it was designed to highlight the destruction of the rainforest.
2. For the stunt he wore a special protective suit to allow him to survive being eaten and digested by the snake.
The suit, which was covered in pig blood, was also designed to prevent the anaconda crushing him to death.
The two-hour special, shown on American TV last night, showed the Amazon conservationist and his team searching for the giant snake for 90 minutes, followed by half an hour of them enticing the reptile to consume him.
3. Towards the end of the show the anaconda was shown biting Rosolie’s helmet and wrapping itself around him.
6. The snake’s crushing power proved to be too much for Rosolie and his protective suit and the stunt had to be called off before it tried to swallow his head.
7. The Daily Mail quoted him as saying afterwards: “The last thing I remember was her mouth open wide and everything went black.
“I went limp and let it constrict. All the while I was just thinking: ‘Eat, eat, eat!’ She wrapped around me and I felt my suit cracking and my arms ripping out of their sockets.”