Zenster do yourself a favor and read the link. The man involved is married to Sharon Stone, the actress (who was smart enough to stay out of the cage). Yea, **Kallessa ** I saw the bit about 'oh, let’s take off your shoes, they make your feet look too much like food. It does lead one to wonder what might have been the ‘tail’, too.
Let’s see a dragon can get, what 15 feet long or more? And you want to go into the cage with it? WTF for??? Its big, its a lizard, and it can get cranky, and like the bumper sticker says, “Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.” From what I remember, though, dude’s fun days are just begining, as the dragon’s bite is supposed to lead to some rather nasty infections as its primary diet is rotting meat. Dumbass is going to be in a lot of pain for a very long time, I think.
The saliva of a Komodo dragon is loaded with all kinds of nasty bacteria. In their natural habitat they bite large game and then wait for the toxins to take effect and kill the animal. They then stroll up and commence their meal.
He was pretty lucky; probably just a half-hearted effort from the big lizard. I’m reminded of the occasional stories of tourists climbing into the polar bear pen at various zoos and getting mauled to death as a result.
I don’t know why, but this part really cracks me up. How does one go about getting a private tour of a kimono dragon? Is it like a groovy party scene every Saturday night at the reptile house at the zoo? That was quite a tip he left there.
I think a quotation from Douglas Adams about Komodo Dragons is appropriate here:
“One is over twelve feet long and stands about a yard high, which you can’t help but feel is entirely the wrong size for a lizard to be.”
From “Last Chance to See”
“Zoo spokeswoman Lora LaMarca said she did not believe any zoo spectators, besides Stone, saw the attack.
“It all happened very quickly,” she said.
LaMarca said the zoo often arranges private, behind-the-scene tours for donors and celebrities. Some are allowed to enter the cages.
But LaMarca said the zoo does not permit people to get close to animals it suspects might be dangerous, such as tigers.”