A French Guianan man captures a giant anaconda with his bare hands and brings it home to his delighted kids.
Hypothetical scenario: Your neighbor phones you up and tells you his dog has just been eaten by a giant anaconda and he needs your help. What do you do? Call Fish and Game? Get JLo on the line? If you’re French Guianan reptile expert Sebastian Bascoules, you say, “I got this,” and wrastle that anaconda with your bare hands.
This video from the Telegraph shows the moment Bascoules and his friend captured the giant anaconda that was digesting his neighbors dog along a jungle riverbank. Bascoules, 39, clamped down the 17-foot long snake’s jaws while his buddy pinned down it’s tail.
“At first I was not scared because I thought it was smaller – but I was very surprised by his strength and his length,” said Bascoules.
Unfortunately, the dog was eaten whole.
Watch the moment Bascoules wrastles the snake in the video below.
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Bascoules said he didn’t have enough time to release the snake to a safe location after he captured it, so he took it home to his wife and kids, who were delighted.
Bascoules later relocated the snake to a river system six miles from his home that’s far away from people. French Guiana is riddled with snakes and reptiles, and that’s exactly why Bascoules chose to live there.
“I chose this country because of its fauna – particularly reptiles and amphibians,” he said. “It is really common to come across snakes in French Guiana, there are 98 species here. I have caught between 15 and 20 anacondas.”
“To capture a snake this size is a dream come true.”