Komodo Dragons Kill Man

Fruit-picker mauled by giant lizards after falling out of tree

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 24, 2009 3:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – A pair of Komodo dragons fatally mauled a fruit-picker in eastern Indonesia, reports AP. The lizards attacked the man after he fell out of a tree on the island of Komodo, according to authorities. Fewer than 4000 of the carnivores remain in the wild, and attacks on humans are rare, although they have been on the increase in recent months.

Baby komodo dragons are seen inside a terrarium at Surabaya Zoo in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.
Baby komodo dragons are seen inside a terrarium at Surabaya Zoo in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.   (AP Photo/Trisnadi)
A Komodo dragon is seen at Safari Park in Cisarua, West Java, Indonesia Aug. 28, 2006. Police and witnesses say Tuesday, March 24, 2009 two Komodo dragons killed a man picking fruit in eastern Indonesia, the latest in a string of attacks on humans. Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard...
A Komodo dragon is seen at Safari Park in Cisarua, West Java, Indonesia Aug. 28, 2006. Police and witnesses say Tuesday, March 24, 2009 two Komodo dragons killed a man picking fruit in eastern Indonesia,...   (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Komodo dragons are seen at a safari park in  West Java, Indonesia.The Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard species can only be found in the wild on four eastern Indonesian islands.
Komodo dragons are seen at a safari park in West Java, Indonesia.The Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard species can only be found in the wild on four eastern Indonesian islands.   (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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