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Singaporean tourist bitten by Komodo in stable condition

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara   /   Thu, May 4, 2017   /   05:08 pm
Singaporean tourist bitten by Komodo in stable condition The Komodo dragon is cold blooded. In the morning, they climb hills to sunbathe and then go back to shady areas to cool down. (JP/Intan Tanjung)

A tourist from Singapore who was bitten by a Komodo dragon in East Nusa Tenggara is in stable condition while being treated in a hospital in Labuan Bajo.

Singaporean Lon Lie Alle, 50, has been undergoing treatment at Siloam General Hospital and has shown improvement, according to the hospital’s public relations officer, Aris. He was able to communicate with the medical team after being treated, Aris said.

“He is in stable condition, conscious and able to communicate well,” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

"The medical team continues to monitor the patient's progress and observe him until he is in good condition," he explained.

Separately, the head of Komodo National Park, Sudiyono, said he was also monitoring the condition of the Singaporean tourist.

Alle suffered severe injuries on his left leg after a Komodo dragon in the National Park in bit him on Wednesday. When visiting the park, he approached several feeding Komodos. He intended to take pictures, ignoring locals’ warnings that he should not go too close.

The incident marked the first case of human being bitten by the giant lizard in at least five years. (dis/rin)