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Published On: Fri, Apr 12th, 2013

Woman in Indonesia, age 83, fights off attacking komodo dragon with a broom

An 83-year-old Indonesian woman told Thursday how she faced a “fight for survival” when a Komodo dragon pounced and sunk its teeth into her, in the latest attack this year by one of the giant lizards.

photo Midori via wiki

photo Midori via wiki

The woman was sitting on the ground outside her house on Rinca island, one of several Komodo-inhabited islands frequently visited by tourists, making a broom from a coconut tree, when the two-meter (6.6-foot) reptile sprang at her.

“All of a sudden, a Komodo bit my right hand,” she told AFP from her bed in hospital where she has been receiving treatment since the attack. “I have no idea which direction it came from.”

“A knife fell from my right hand as the Komodo sunk its teeth into my wrist. There was nobody else around and I knew that I faced a fight for survival.”

The elderly lady managed to repel the attack: “I kicked the Komodo on one its front legs with all my strength, it was only one kick but it made the Komodo let go of my hand, then I screamed for help.”

Her wrist was seriously wounded during the incident and she needed a total of 35 stitches at the hospital in the nearby town of Labuan Bajo, her son told AFP.

“I’m doing fine now. I hope my hand will return to normal so that I can make brooms again,” she said, adding limited movement had returned to her hand after it was initially paralysed.

In February, one of the reptiles bit a tour guide’s leg when he passed its lair while trekking on Rinca island. Read more here

Just for the record, don’t do this:

photo Brandon Jones

photo Brandon Jones

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