Snake-Eat Man "Wasn't Scared" But Bailed Out on Stunt Anyway

By Gary Cutlack on at

The man who said he was going to let himself be eaten by a snake on TV pulled out of the stunt halfway through, claiming he did so out of concern for the snake rather than any sense of fear and dread about going headfirst into an anaconda's tummy.

After putting on a carbon fibre suit and dousing himself in pig blood, Paul allowed himself to be slowly eaten, spending around an hour with the upper bit of his body down the snake's throat. He then, somehow, got the snake to puke him out, despite having enough air in his tanks to spend another two hours inside the animal.

Facing a two-pronged public opinion backlash from that people felt ripped off they didn't see a man get eaten all the way and animal welfare groups who thought it be be a generally cruel, 19th century circus act thing to do, Discovery channel said: "Paul created this challenge to get maximum attention for one of the most beautiful and threatened parts of the world, the Amazon Rainforest and its wildlife.

"He went to great lengths to send this message and it was his absolute intention to be eaten alive. Ultimately, after the snake constricted Paul for over an hour and went for his head, the experiment had to be called when it became clear that Paul would be very seriously injured if he continued on." [Discovery via]