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Fruit picker killed by komodo dragons

Published 24/03/2009

Komodo dragon
Komodo dragon

Two Komodo dragons killed a man picking fruit in eastern Indonesia - the latest in a string of attacks on humans.

Police Sergeant Kosmas Jalang said the mauling on Komodo, one of three islands where the world's largest lizard can be found in the wild, occurred minutes after Muhamad Anwar tumbled to the ground from a sugar-apple tree.

The man's neighbour, Theresia Tawa, said he was bleeding badly after the attack by two of the lizards, with bites to the hands, body, legs and neck.

He died soon after arriving at a clinic on the neighbouring island of Flores.

Komodo dragons can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh as much as 150 pounds.

A park ranger survived an attack last month and an eight-year-old boy died in 2007.

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