Watch: Catching A 17 Foot Long Anaconda With Waorani Warriors

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This amazing footage shows the capture of a 17 foot long (5 meter-long) green anaconda by Waorani warriors (members of an Ecuadorian tribe) and presenter Gordon Buchanan, in the Amazonian Rainforest. The process of catch and release of these snakes is a show of strength for the warriors. This particular snake is also one of the largest and most powerful in the world, and as such it is seen as a way of acquiring spiritual power.

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Apart from the Waorani wanting to gain spiritual power, there is also a scientific drive to capture these snakes. Oil exploration upstream may be polluting the water supply to this area and the animals that rely on said water. So the Waorani are working together with scientists to collect biological samples from the anacondas to help record the wildlife.

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