A park official says two people have been hospitalized after being
attacked by a giant komodo dragon that wandered into the office of a
wildlife park in eastern Indonesia.
An official at Komodo
National Park, Heru Rudiharto, said Wednesday the 6 1/2-foot-long
komodo dragon attacked a park ranger after walking into the office on
Tuesday. It then attacked another park employee who came to help him.
Both were badly bitten and were evacuated to a hospital on Bali Island.
Komodo dragons can grow longer than 10 feet. Fewer than 4,000 are
believed to be alive. They are found in the wild primarily on the
eastern Indonesian islands of Komodo, Padar and Rinca.
According to National Geographic,
komodo dragons "will eat almost anything, including carrion, deer,
pigs, smaller dragons, and even large water buffalo and humans."
In 2009, two Komodo dragons mauled a fruit-picker to death in eastern Indonesia.