Komodo dragon bites tourist in Indonesia

Komodo dragon bites tourist in Indonesia

A komodo dragon bit a tourist's leg (Stock image)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

A komodo dragon has bitten a tourist in Indonesia, after he ignored warning signs.

The signs instructed visitors not to get too close to the reptile whilst it was eating, as it could be dangerous, according to AP.

The chief of the Komodo National Park, Sudiyono, said the tourist was taking photos of the animal when it bit him on the leg on Wednesday (May 3).

The tourist from Singapore was rescued by nearby locals and taken to hospital in Labuan Bajo on Flores Island.

Although attacks from komodo dragons on humans are rare, it is thought incidents like this will increase as the Komodo National Park is being promoted as a tourist attraction.

In 2013, a guide and a park ranger were attacked by the reptiles on separate occasions.

The komodo dragon can be found on many eastern Indonesian islands, however experts say the amount of dragons living in the wild is less than 4,000.