January 1, 2012
Halladay helps save anaconda victimOn fishing trip with ex-Blue Jays
By QMI Agency
Roy Halladay got a little more than he bargained for during an off-season fishing trip last month.
While on vacation in Brazil with friends and family, the Philadelphia Phillies’ ace pitcher, along with professional fisherman Skeet Reese, came across a local fisherman who was being attacked by an anaconda.
"The snake apparently bit him on the ass 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," Reese wrote on his blog. "Doc and I helped him gather his gear and flip the boat back over and then towed him home."
Anacondas are one of the largest species of snakes in the world. They are non-venomous but can wrap around and crush large prey.
Former Toronto Blue Jays pitchers Chris Carpenter and B.J. Ryan were also part of the group vacationing in the Amazon.
"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," Reese wrote.
Caimans are similar to alligators and can grow up to four metres in length.
All three ex-Jays hurlers now have stories they can tell for the rest of their lives.