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article imageKomodo dragon attack hospitalizes 2 park workers in Indonesia

By Angela Norwood     Feb 6, 2013 in World
Jakarta - Two employees at Komodo National Park in Indonesia are in the hospital after being attacked by a Komodo dragon that found its way into a park office.
Two employees at the Komodo National Park in Indonesia are in the hospital after being attacked by a Komodo dragon that entered a park office on Tuesday.
Park official Heru Rudiharto said a 2-meter long (6.5 feet) Komodo dragon wandered into a park office, attacking a ranger. The giant lizard then turned on another worker who tried to come to the victim's aid. Both were rushed to a Bali Island hospital with serious bites to the legs.
The ranger attacked first suffered a previous Komodo dragon attack in 2009.
The Komodo dragon, a member of the monitor lizard family, is the largest lizard in the world. These dangerous reptiles can reach three meters (10 feet) in length. They possess a venomous bite and sharp teeth. Poison located in the jaw glands of the Komodo dragon can cause infection, paralysis and even death.
These lizards are native to the islands of eastern Indonesia and primarily feed on mammals, birds and other reptiles. They are an internationally protected endangered species, with fewer than 4,000 estimated to exist.
Komodo dragon attacks — especially fatal ones — are considered rare occurrences. However, these massive reptiles can move quickly for their size and a single bite can cause serious injury.
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