Komodo attacks tourist guide in eastern Indonesia

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Associated Press

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 12:33 AM

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A park official says a Komodo dragon has attacked a tour guide on a remote island in eastern Indonesia.

Komodo National Park official Heru Rudiharto said Wednesday a 2.5-meter-long (8.2-foot-long) lizard suddenly appeared and attacked Abdul Rachman who was guiding four Indonesian tourists near its nest.

Rachman failed to defend himself with a stick and the Komodo bit his right calf before another guide came to help and drove it away.

Tuesday's attack was the second this month in the park. Two park employees were hospitalized after being attacked two weeks ago.

Endangered Komodo dragons are found in the wild on the eastern Indonesian islands of Komodo, Padar and Rinca. They can grow longer than 3 meters (10 feet). Fewer than 4,000 are believed to be alive.

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