JAKARTA, Indonesia - Two Komodo dragons mauled a fruit-picker to death in eastern Indonesia, police and witnesses said Tuesday, the latest in a string of attacks on humans by the world's largest lizard species.
Police Sgt. Kosmas Jalang said 31-year-old Muhamad Anwar was attacked on Komodo, one of four islands where the giant reptile is found in the wild, minutes after he fell out of a sugar-apple tree on Monday.
He was bleeding badly from bites to his hands, body, legs and neck after two lizards, waiting below, attacked him, according to a neighbour, Theresia Tawa. He died at a clinic on the neighboring island of Flores soon after.
Attacks on humans by Komodo dragons - said to number at less than 4,000 in the wild - are rare, but seem to have increased in recent years.
With "earth hour" fast approaching, what else can I say? I blame it on global warming.
Oh, and the moonbats were out in force in the comments to this story. Here are a couple of samples --
First there's this gem from some PETA-addled "progressive":
It's kind of obvious. More people means more attacks by these lizards as we encroach on their land. Too bad the natural population controls, such as disease, cancer and famine, no longer prevent us from mass reproducing.... I wonder how many lizards have been massacred due to these few attacks.
And then there's this nugget, from some wildlife "relativist":
Very sensational ... but domestic dogs do this hundreds of times a year in North America alone. In Indonesia, the SNAKES kill many, many times more people than the Komodo dragons. Of course, big lizards are scary.
Keep digging. There's gold in them thar comments.