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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 28, 2009 file photo, komodo dragons bask near a ranger hut on Rinca island, Indonesia. A park official said two people have been hospitalized after being attacked by a giant komodo dragon on the island in eastern Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)

Dita Alangkara, File, ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP

FILE - In this Thursday, April 30, 2009 file photo, Ahmad Main, a park ranger at Komodo National Park shows his wound he got when he was attacked by a komodo dragon a few weeks earlier, at his house in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia. Main was once again attacked by the giant lizard on Tuesday, a park official said. Main and another employee who was also attacked when he tried to help are now hospitalized on the resort island of Bali. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)

Dita Alangkara, File, ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP

2 hospitalized in Indonesia after komodo attack

  • Associated Press
  • February 6, 2013 - 2:19 PM

JAKARTA, Indonesia - A park official says two people have been hospitalized after being attacked by a giant Komodo dragon that wandered into the office of a wildlife park in eastern Indonesia.

An official at Komodo National Park, Heru Rudiharto, said Wednesday the 2-meter-long (6 1/2 foot-long) Komodo dragon attacked a park ranger after walking into the office on Tuesday. It then attacked another park employee who came to help him. Both were badly bitten and were evacuated to a hospital on Bali Island.

Rudiharto said the park ranger also was attacked by a Komodo dragon in 2009.

Endangered Komodo dragons can grow longer than 3 meters (10 feet). Fewer than 4,000 are believed to be alive. They are found in the wild primarily on the eastern Indonesian islands of Komodo, Padar and Rinca.

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