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Published On: Wed, Feb 6th, 2013

Komodo dragon attack lands two in the hospital

Forest police officer Ahmad Main was attacked by the two-meter lizard, a Komodo dragon, as he sat alone in an office at the national park on Rinca Island in East Nusa Tenggara province(Indonesia).

photo Midori via wiki

photo Midori via wiki

The 50-year-old jumped on a chair to shout for help, but the lizard grabbed his leg, according to a report in the Jakarta Globe.

Usman Li, a 35-year-old park employee, heard Ahmad’s screams and ran to his aid. He pulled the lizard off Mr Ahmad, receiving a bite to his left leg from the lizard in the process. 

Several park officers then chased the lizard away. 

Ahmad, who was once bitten by a crocodile in 2009, received 41 stitches for wounds to his legs and Usman received 42 stitches. 

Sustyo Iryono, head of the national park, told Indonesian language site Suara Pembaran that Komodo dragons were sensitive to movement and sounds. He said the park employees required intensive treatment and were taken to Sanglah Hospital in Bali.

Komodo dragons are the largest species of lizard and can be found on the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang and Padar.

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