Thursday, 11 April 2013

Komodo dragon attack: 83-year-old woman survives attack

Komodo dragon attack: 83-year-old woman survives attack, A Komodo dragon attack left an 83-year-old woman with an injured hand. On April 9, The Telegraph UK reported that Haifha fought the Komodo dragon off with a broom. She bopped him in the nose several times until he let go of her hand. This incident happened in Indonesia (where the giant lizards are plentiful), right near the woman's house.

According to the report, it was Haifha's screaming that alerted neighbors who rushed to help her. A few of them were able to get the Komodo dragon to back off. It was a potentially life-threatening situation for the elderly woman but she managed to battle the beast so to speak.

A Komodo dragon attack can turn deadly very quickly. Not only are these creatures big (this one was 6.5 feet long!) and fierce, they are strong -- and venomous. As The Telegraph UK points out, it's unknown whether or not Haifha got sick from the venom or if it affected her in any way.

" Komodo dragons are found in the wild in the eastern Indonesia islands, where they can grow longer than 10 feet and can weigh up to 150kg. They are at the top of the food chain in their habitat, yet fewer than 4,000 are believed to be alive," reported The Telegraph UK.

The Komodo dragon attack could have been much worse. Luckily, Haifha was able to free herself from the creature's clench.

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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