Deadly Komodo dragon attack instils fear even from afar
But then I read stories about maulings and deaths attributed to such animals in other parts of the U.S. and the world, and I change my mind.
One beast I've never wanted anywhere in my midst was a Komodo dragon. Even watching these enormous lizards on TV gives me the creeps.
Now I see, while scanning websites for off-beat news, a story about two Komodo dragons that today mauled to death a fruit picker on the island of Komodo in Indonesia, which I've just crossed off my places-to-visit-someday list.
What's more, it's no freak accident. The world's largest lizards, which can measure up to 10 feet, weigh up to 150 pounds and boast sharp, bacteria-laden teeth, reportedly have launched several attacks on humans in recent months.
All I can say is thank goodness the most dangerous lizards in our hills are alligator lizards, which are small and relatively harmless, but still tooth-filled and kind of scary.
-- Pete Thomas
Photo of a captive Komodo dragon by Associated Press