FILE - In this Tuesday, April 28, 2009 file photo, komodo dragons bask near a ranger hut on Rinca island, Indonesia. A park official said two people have been hospitalized after being attacked by a giant komodo dragon on the island in eastern Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 11:29 am
2 hospitalized in Indonesia after Komodo attack
The Associated Press
An official at Komodo National Park, Heru Rudiharto, said Wednesday the 2-meter-long (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.
Rudiharto said the park ranger also was attacked by a Komodo dragon in 2009.
Endangered Komodo dragons can grow longer than 3 meters (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.