Biologist and experienced anaconda handler Jesús Rivas 24>> describes some close calls between his study subjects and a National Geographic Television crew:
- The last time I tried to catch the animal 14>>, it got my timing and struck right at my face. I saw that giant mouth coming toward me, just four inches (ten centimeters) from my chin, and I jumped backwards and barely got out of reach.
- Richard [Foster, the producer and cinematographer] was kneeling down, looking into the viewfinder and I thought, Wow! He got it on film. I asked, Were you rolling? No, he says, No, I wasnt rolling.
I reached down to pull the snake 66>> out by its tail, but the head gets loose. Marion [an anaconda] comes towards Richards knee.... He happens to get up right in time. You see in the footage, right in the left corner, a blue piece of the sandbag that Marion had bitten instead of Richards knee.
Again, Richard was looking through the viewfinder and didnt realize how close he got to getting his ear pierced! ... Later, the same snake bit the reflection cap [a rubber piece] right off the camera lens.
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