JAKARTA, Indonesia — A park official says a Komodo dragon has attacked a tour guide on a remote island in eastern Indonesia.
Komodo National Park official Heru Rudiharto said on Wednesday that an 8-foot-long lizard suddenly appeared and attacked Abdul Rachman, who was guiding four Indonesian tourists near its nest.
Rachman failed to defend himself with a stick, and the Komodo bit his right calf before another guide came to help and drove it away.
The attack was the second this month in the park. Two park employees were hospitalized as a result of attacks two weeks ago.
Endangered Komodo dragons are found in the wild on the eastern Indonesian islands of Komodo, Padar and Rinca. They can grow longer than 10 feet. Fewer than 4,000 are believed to be alive.
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