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VIDEO: Unwise encounter

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It’s been said that you can’t outlaw stupidity. But you can be fined for it.

A new video making the rounds appears to show a couple chasing and taunting a giant yellow anaconda before dragging it around a river by its tail in Brazil. The swollen-bellied snake attempts to flee as they repeatedly try to grab it.

According to reports in the South American country, the couple appeared to be "very simple and layman" and said they did not know their action was a crime.

They are facing a fine of about $1,500 each and as much as 18 months in jail, according to Britain’s Daily Mail.

Yellow anacondas, which can grow to 15 feet in length, will unhinge their jaws to enable them to swallow their prey whole. They are often found in rivers in southern South America and they usually float on the surface of the water.