THE world’s biggest anaconda has been discovered by a BBC crew filming in the Amazon rainforest, BBC reports. The team filmed hunters from the Waorani tribe catching the 17ft monster in the east of Ecuador for a new three-part documentary series. Tribes, Predators and Me, presented by Gordon Buchanan will air later this week on BBC2.
The first episode centres on the quest to capture the animal, which the tribe believe gives them great spiritual power. The heart-stopping footage shows the hunters dragging the record-breaking beast from its hiding place in the mangrove roots. It was caught as part of a programme to test the giant man-eaters for the effects of oil pollution before releasing them unharmed.
The Ecuadorian rainforest – especially the land of the Waorani – is being damaged by oil exploration. In the series, Buchanan lives with the tribe for two weeks, encountering some of the Amazon’s most famous wildlife like river dolphins and jaguars.
He also joins the tribe’s famous hunters as they track down peccaries and monkeys to eat, hunting the animals with spears and poisonous blow-darts.