Okay, after tumultuous and
exciting Fourth of July I thought the reader might enjoy a story
about a creature that is probably a first cousin to the dinosaur. I
am talking about the fierce Komodo Dragon. This prehistoric beast is
very prevalent throughout Indonesia. During our visit to South East
Asia and the China Sea, we were privileged to visit an island in
Indonesia where there is a large population of these semi-monsters.
The dragons we saw were about 10 to 16 feet in length. They were
extremely bad tempered and easily aroused by human presence.
About 30 people were in our
party and we were protected by eight guards who carried pitchforks
to repel the dragons if we excited them. As fate would have it we as
fate would have it we did excite them. One of the big ones, and I
don't want to take it personally, appeared to be infuriated when he
gazed on me. Anyway, they kill wild hogs quite frequently, but they
will kill anything including human beings when the opportunity
presents itself. The local people feed them and they admitted that
in the last 10 years they have suffered at least two casualties.
The islands, where these beast
live are a lush beautiful vegetative paradise. The climate is warm
and almost tropical year round. This is why, this extremely
prehistoric creature survives so well in this environment. The
question arose totally in the abstract whether the Komodo could
survive and defeat a crocodile in mortal combat. No one, had a
definitive answer, but my own speculation is that the crocodile
would reign supreme, due to its huge and powerful jaws.
It was educational and
interesting to learn about this first cousin of the dinosaur, and to
speculate how they had survived into the modern world. One item I
would like to leave you with is that perhaps they are not the only
species of this origin that has, unbeknown to man, survived into the