My giant Anaconda don't want none unless you help it cross this busy street somewhere in the middle of Brazil, son.
It's easy to be concerned about animals that are cute and cuddly, like dogs or cats. If you see an abandoned puppy on the street, there's nothing more you want to do than call the shelter and find it a home. However, it's a little harder to feel the same kind of sympathy when it comes to creepy crawlies. Especially huge creepy crawlies. Like insanely huge Anaconda snakes. Despite this, when a couple of people in Brazil saw an Anaconda trying to cross a busy street, they did everything in their power to make sure the little guy was able to get to the other side safe and sound.
In a post uploaded to Reddit titled, "We found a huge snake crossing the road," a video displays how a group of individuals stepped out of their cars in order to help guide traffic so the Anaconda could cross the road, slithering over a road barrier ever so slowly. The snake measured about 9.8 feet long so I'm pretty sure it could've blocked the entire road just by stretching itself out across it.
Italo Nascimento Fernandes and his wife were two of the bystanders who helped the giant snake across to the other side of the road. Fernandes revealed in an interview, "We decided to stop the car and get out. There are no signs for the cars to wait so she, [the snake] can cross. I have seen snakes run over on the highway before, and think such [a] thing is a crime." Though the anaconda is not extinct, any such incidents would be a great and tragic loss.
He added, "Many people quickly appeared and also helped. It's not everyone who protects animals like that. Some people prefer to see them dead. Seeing all the people help gave a wonderful sensation." It wasn't just heartwarming for those present on the street, but individuals across social media platforms have acknowledged that wonderful act of kindness that the Good Samaritans did that day.
Reddit user Shh-bby-is-ok commented, "It's so nice to see a whole bunch of people trying to help this snake safely cross the road." Auto-manic noted, "I'm so glad to see something where people respect the animal being videoed and keep their distance. Good on those folks in the cars that patiently waited for the snake to pass as well." "It makes me so happy to see all those people making sure the snake gets across the road safely," Ladyheracross stated.
For those concerned about the safety of the bystanders, rest easy knowing that while Anacondas can be dangerous, they are not venomous as pop culture may have you believe. As HillTopTerrace pointed out, "I have owned several snakes and this snake was on the defense (slithering his body toward his head in case he needed to bite, rightfully so) but this was a great thing the men did. The largest snake I’ve handled as a pet was a ball python. These guys are heroes." Ultimately, the giant snake trusted the civilians and just went about its way. Fernandes disclosed, "She went into the woods and left. It was beautiful."