Cranky dragon gives oldies a scare

“Get back! Get back please! Get back now!”

More than 100 grey-haired cruise-shippers heed the ranger’s warning and scurry for safety as the Komodo Dragon charges toward them – and me.

I didn’t come to Komodo Island with the oldies. I just happened to arrive the same day as the MS Volendam, a cruise ship carrying 1,500 mostly North American retirees.

I have to admit, I’d been hoping for a little more peace and quiet. And so, it seems, had the island’s famous giant lizards.

This particular beast – a 30-something, three-metre, 100kg male – had been enjoying a quiet moment in the shade of a hut when an old woman spotted it.

Read full story HERE.


About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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