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Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

Posted on: January 1, 2012 1:41 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Is there anything Roy Halladay can't do?

The Phillies ace, who was runner-up in the NL Cy Young voting this past season, recently went on a fishing trip in Brazil with friends Chris Carpenter and B.J. Ryan. While on the Amazon River, Halladay helped rescue a man who had been wounded by an anaconda. The news was passed along by Skeet Reese, who is a Bassmaster champion, on his blog. Here's an excerpt:
We had plenty of wildlife encounters though. Along with the fishing, we decided to go hunting one night, and Carpenter and B.J. both shot a caiman; which is like an alligator. Me and Doc Halladay even came across a local, sitting bare naked on a tree by the river. What we were able to figure out is that he was fishing in the river for tropical fish to sell for aquariums when he got attacked by an anaconda.
 
The snake apparently bit him on the a** but he was able to free himself before the snake wrapped him up. Instead the snake wrapped around his motor on the back of his little 14 foot dugout canoe and tore it off the back of his boat. Doc and I helped him gather his gear and flip the boat back over and then towed him home. You could definitely see the bite mark on his a**, but he was able to fight it off; amazing.
Amazing, indeed.

Anacondas are among the largest snakes in the world. While they aren't venomous, they wrap themselves around their prey and literally squeeze the life out of said prey. It's unreal that this local fisherman lived though an encounter. And, of course, you have to give Halladay and Reese kudos for helping the guy get outta there. They had to be fearful the snake would return, right?

Also, you gotta give props to Carpenter and Ryan for taking down a caiman.

And all three now have off-field stories they can tell the rest of their lives.

Hat-tip: Big League Stew

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Comments

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 3:46 pm
 

Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

HAHAHAHAHA!!



Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:41 pm
 

Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

Let's see now.  Hmmm!  Two NLDS starts (threw 8 innings in each start), 2 runs allowed (1 each game).  Damn, if only he had tried. 



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:30 pm
 

Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

I wonder if he could help rescue Josh Beckett from that killer bucket-o-chicken?



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:00 am
 

Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

I think Matt Snyder needs to learn a little something about anacondas and caimen before he writes more embarrassing and ignorant sounding comments in his blog. ROFL



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:16 am
 

Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

For the morons who say that management need to keep a better eye on there talents, i say get a fucking life. You cant expect them to stop living life and doing what they love just cause they play a sport. Your a dueche to think that and maybe u should get outta the house once in awhile.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:38 am
 

Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

Sounds like a safe thing to be doing.  Where was Roy Oswalt for this? Busy with his trucks or cutting trees down.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:10 am
 

Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

and then raise it from the dead



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:57 pm
 

Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

Tell them to take their trade to the everglades inS Floridaand deal w/ the gators down there.
Actually, I just read an article in the New York Times a week or so ago about how pythons and other exotic snakes have invaded South Florida and are harrassing native animals--and may even go after a young gator one day!.  Now, I realize that a python's not an anaconda (or vice versa), but you get the idea.  Someone imports the snake and sells it to a local resident; it then escapes or the purchaser releases it because it got too big for him, or whatever.  Bye-bye, native species!

But are you really sure you want Halladay et al. shooting alligators?  Going after exotic snakes is one thing, but . . .



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:26 pm
 

Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

Actually it is pretty cowardly to shoot a caiman. Tell them to take their trade to the everglades inS Floridaand deal w/ the gators down there. Not much of a sport killing something w/ a 12 gauge or a 30/30.  You think it is by chance they have to go out of theUSAto hunt such prey? I will stand at the plate w/ a  30/06 while oldRoythrows 95 mph heaters at me. Guess who will win? COWARDS




Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 6:24 pm
 

Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

It's amazing how many snake experts and survivalists are responding to this story.  If I didn't know better, I'd think it was a bunch of jack***es who don't know what they're talking about.


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