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Komodo Dragon

Fight for survival for elderly woman attacked by Komodo dragon on Rinca Island

Komodo dragons can weigh up to 70kg. Photo: SCMP Pictures

An 83-year-old Indonesian told yesterday how she faced a "fight for survival" when a Komodo dragon pounced and sunk its teeth into her. Haisah was sitting on the ground outside her house on Rinca Island when the twometre-long reptile sprang at her.

Friday, 12 April, 2013, 8:55am

Creatures & comfort

The Amanikan is far from a pedestrian island-hopping jaunt. A 32-metre cruiser with an ironwood hull painted black to resemble a pirate ship, with teak decks sanded smooth, it's spacious yet intimate, with two levels of cabins, a dining and lounging area, as well as several sun decks.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Detours: Komodo Island

It's 11am and time for the Komodo dragons' morning snack. It's a stiflingly hot day, the ground bone dry and the air rich with the dragons' rancid, meaty smell. Three of the oversized lizards, with their rough skin, beady eyes and huge claws on each gnarled digit, lie in the dust nearby.

1 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Flora plays mum and dad

Flora the Komodo dragon has become a mother and a father to a clutch of babies, bosses at a British zoo announced on Wednesday. This follows her 'immaculate conception' which stunned scientists.

The female Komodo, a badly-endangered giant lizard, astounded keepers at Chester Zoo, northwest England, when she laid fertilised eggs in May - having never mixed with a male.

26 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

'Evil' monitor's reputation not so black and white

IN its quiet pockets, Bangkok can still beguile despite its many woes. Its fiery reds and shimmering golds lure the eye. The heady perfume of fuchsia, sandalwood and camphor seduce the senses.

Yet any Bangkok resident will tell you the most unspeakable evil is never far away: a mottled-grey beast thriving in the damp, rank and fetid corners.

13 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Chasing the dragons

BALI is a favoured holiday spot for Hong Kong people - but few realise deadly dragons prowl close by. These beasts - which inspired the Chinese dragon legends and helped propagate the fire-breathing mythical monster in the West - are alive and well and living on a small island just a day's cruise from Bali.

8 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Torrid trip to the dragons' domain

COME on! Run for the enclosure. The dragons are coming!'' The guide dashed into the undergrowth, waving his stick at the advancing pack of beasts.

14 Feb 1993 - 12:00am