Komodo Dragon Attack Leaves Two People in Hospital
SP/Yoseph A Kalen
Kupang. Two people are being treated at a Bali
hospital after they were bitten by a Komodo dragon on Tuesday, at the
Komodo National Park on Rinca Island, East Nusa Tenggara.
Ahmad Main, a forest police officer, was alone in an office at the park when a
lizard found its way inside and attacked him. The 50-year-old, who was
once bitten by a crocodile in 2009, panicked and jumped on a chair to
shout for help, but the lizard grabbed his leg.
Usman Li, an employee at the national park, heard Ahmad’s screams and managed
to pull the two-meter long lizard off him. But as a result, the lizard
attacked Usman, 35, biting his left leg.
The lizard finally left after several officers from the park managed to chase it away.
Ahmad received 41 stitches for wounds to his legs and Usman received 42 stitches.
Sustyo Iryono, head of the national park, told Suara Pembaran that
Komodo dragons were very sensitive to movement and sounds.
He said the pair required intensive treatment and were taken to Sanglah Hospital in Bali.