- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 6, 2014

In a bold bid for ratings, Discovery Channel’s newest stunt will include a real live man being devoured by a giant anaconda.

Wildlife filmmaker Paul Rosolie will be consumed by “the largest species of snake on earth” while in a custom-built snake-proof suit on Discovery’s new “Eaten Alive” special, Entertainment Weekly reported.

“You have to go headfirst,” Mr. Rosolie says ominously in the trailer released by Discovery.

Mr. Rosolie covered himself in pig’s blood to make himself more appetizing to the snake, EW reported. A cord on the top of the snake-proof suit is presumably used to pull him back out the snake’s mouth.

The snake was reportedly unharmed, and Mr. Roselie has assured viewers that he “would never hurt a living thing.” Still, an online petition against the show describes it as “animal abuse to the highest degree and absolutely disgusting.”

The episode has already been filmed and will air Sunday, Dec. 7, a Discovery representative confirmed, EW reported.

The special comes after Discovery drew 5.8 million viewers Sunday night for Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walking stunt between two Chicago skyscrapers.

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