Komodo dragon bites tourist in Indonesia

In 2013, a guide and a park ranger were attacked in separate incidents. Attacks on humans are rare but may increase as Indonesia is promoting the Komodo National Park as a tourist destination.
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Endangered Komodo dragons are found in the wild on several eastern Indonesian islands. They can grow to 3 metres (10 feet) or more in length.

An Indonesian national park official says a Komodo dragon has bitten an overly inquisitive tourist who ignored warnings about getting too close to the enormous reptile while it was eating. In this Tuesday, April 28, 2009 file photo, a Komodo dragon yawns on Rinca island, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
The tourist from Singapore was bitten on his leg Wednesday morning while taking pictures of the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard, said the chief of the Komodo National Park, Sudiyono.

Sudiyono said the man was rescued by locals and rushed to a hospital in Labuan Bajo on Flores Island, near Komodo Island, for treatment.
JAKARTA, Indonesia — A Komodo dragon has bitten an overly inquisitive tourist in Indonesia who ignored warnings about getting too close to the enormous reptile while it was eating, a national park official said.

Experts say the Komodo dragon population in the wild is less than 4,000 but stable.

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