Film-maker Paul Rosolie will be 'eaten alive' by an anaconda during a TV show, angering animal rights activists
Film-maker Paul Rosolie put on a carbon fibre suit and poured pig's blood over himself before he says 'everything went black' Facebook: Paul Rosolie

After immense hype and publicity, Discovery Channel's controversial show Eaten Alive premiered in the US on Sunday night.

However, it turned out to be a damp squib as when the giant green anaconda started to devour film-maker Paul Rosolie, he sought help and was rescued immediately.

"The Amazon is the greatest natural battlefield on Earth. Everything, from the biggest tree to the smallest ant, is going to be eaten," the 27-year-old conservationist said during the show and added, "The anaconda is the most terrifying species in the Amazon. We're dealing with power that's very difficult to even imagine, and I'm going to be in search of one individual snake that I know could be the largest snake on the planet."

The show started with Rosolie and his team hunting for a 25-feet long anaconda, to swallow the human bait. But could not find one, hence the crew decided to try the stunt with a smaller one that was captured earlier.

The film-maker than wore the specially designed snake-proof suit and slathered pig's blood on himself before crawling on all fours close to the giant snake.

The anaconda came towards Rosolie and coiled up around him, gripping his entire body and leaving him numb. No sooner did the snake open its mouth and started to gulp down the conservationist, he gave up and called for the rescue team to help him up.

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"I felt her jaws lock onto my helmet. I felt her gurgling and wheezing but then I felt her let go. She got my arm into a position where her force was fully on my exposed arm. I started to feel the blood drain out of my hand and I felt the bone flex, and when I got to the point where I felt like it was going to snap I had to tap out," Rosolie said.

The show has been in the news for its unique yet controversial concept and has garnered much interest from fans and critics alike.

But this time, fans felt let down and described the show as "boring" and "misleading", while some fans called it a 'hoax'.

Below are some reactions from viewers.