Man vs. beast promos for the Discovery Channel's highly publicized broadcast Sunday night teased viewers into believing that naturalist Paul Rosolie would be devoured alive by the 26-foot Amazonian snake — while wearing a crazy-looking crush-proof and acid-resistant suit.
The event ended up as Internet fodder only minutes after Rosolie was constricted by the beast which only got a portion of the 5' 9" man's head into its mouth.
Rosolie and his 10-person team tracked down the 250 pound snake to the headwaters of the Amazon river. Donning a black armored suit, slathered in pig's blood, Rosolie then moved tentatively "on all fours" toward the enormous beast as the cameras rolled and his wife, Gowri, watched.
Seconds later, the female anaconda — one of the world's most fearsome creatures — pounced on its target. However, as Rosolie felt his arm "start to break" under the snake's grip, he ordered his team of fellow naturalists, doctors and vets to save him — with just the top of his head in the animal's mouth.
The ridicule came fast and furious at #EatenAlive after viewers waited two hours for the climatic swallow:
Reid/JMN: Feels like -15C but sun/cloud high zero. Snow on the way tmr. Did you waste ur time watching #EatenAlive? pic.twitter.com/2QwsF2cBXn
— 98.9 THE DRIVE (@989THEDRIVE) December 8, 2014
Dear Paul Rosolie of #EatenAlive You Had One Job.
— Aaron Sagers (@aaronsagers) December 8, 2014
Next time I watch something called #EatenAlive, somebody better get eaten alive.
— Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattCSN) December 8, 2014
Not many people would even think of heading into the Amazon basin, never mind becoming snake bait, but the Discovery Channel sure pulled the scales over their viewers' eyes Sunday night.
Here's video of the not so dramatic ending: