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Jakarta Post

Islands in focus: 2 hospitalized after Komodo attack in Flores

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 8 2013   /  09:53 am

FLORES: Two officers at Komodo National Park have been hospitalized after being attacked by a Komodo dragon that wandered into the park office in Rinca Island, East Nusa Tenggara.

The officers are identified as Ma’in, 54, and Usman, 45. “The two officers were immediately taken to Sangklah Hospital in Bali for more intensive treatment because the hospital offers more sophisticated medical equipment,” said Komodo National Park head Sustyo Iriyono on Wednesday. The island’s local health center is not equipped with Komodo antivenom.

According to Usman, the Komodo dragon walked into the office on Tuesday at noon as the door was left open. It then attacked Ma’in and bit his left leg. Usman came to help him by pulling on the animal’s tail. The lizard, however, attacked him and also bit his left leg before another employee came to the rescue.

Sustyo said that ...