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Xeni Jardin at 6:32 am Mon, Mar 18, 2013
I still think one of the most chilling things I have ever seen on a David Attenbrough wildlife programme was when a Komodo dragon attacked and bit a cow and just followed it around for days waiting for an infection to set in and kill it.
Their was a “making of” bit at the end and the cameramen admitted that it was one of the hardest things they ever had to film
Sounds gruesome. I wonder what it is about the Komodo’s biology that allows it to comfortably harbor these bacteria and eat the infected meat without any problems.
Read for yourself:
Bull et all - Deathly Drool: Evolutionary and Ecological Basis of Septic Bacteria in Komodo Dragon Mouths
Unknown to humans until 100 years ago? Unknown to western civilisation surely!
No. Every human that ever saw a Komodo dragon before 1913 was chased down, bitten, and followed unto infectious death. Komerta.
Those that the Komodo didn’t bite were relentlessly hounded online via social media.
I find that any article on this species gets more fun if you simply omit the word “komodo”
I like to imagine that the public got their first awesome glimpse of these baby komodo dragons as they perched peacefully on the naked, ash-covered body of a lithe blonde zookeeper.
They’re known to attack their victims through soft tissue or orifices (testicles, throat, anus) and eat their way through. Not so adorable now, are they?