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Re: Dragon's Paradise Lost - re-planting KD's in Oz
There's a similar story of a tame (and playful) ora here in the states. Her
name is Kraken, and she currently resides in the National Zoo in D.C. She knows
her keepers too.
--- On Thu, 10/1/09, Dann Pigdon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> From: Dann Pigdon <email@example.com>
> Subject: Re: Dragon's Paradise Lost - re-planting KD's in Oz
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009, 7:45 PM
> On Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009 at 9:10 AM,
> Dann Pigdon <email@example.com>
> > On Thu, Oct 1st, 2009 at 11:31 PM, Augusto Haro <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > > Now, what if we just take some animals in danger
> of extinction and
> > > raise them as pets (more useful for small or
> non-carnivorous critters)
> > > instead of cats and dogs?
> > Tamed Komodo monitors could actually make quite good
> pets. There's one at Taronga Park Zoo
> > Sydney called Tuka who particularly likes a scratch
> around the ears from his human keepers.
> > He was captured wild in 1983, and spent about 10 years
> in an Indonesian zoo before moving to
> > Sydney. Imagine how friendly a captive-born and
> hand-raised Komodo monitor could become.
> > http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/indepth/scales-never-lie-for-this-dragon/story-e6frewri-
> > 1111114930090
> Oops - it wasn't the current male Tuka I was thinking of,
> but their previous male Keith who died in
> 1987 at the age of 40. He was apparently a real
> sweety who loved having his eyelids stroked (he'd
> go into a kind of pleasure-induced trance). However the
> same trick is now used with Tuka as well,
> with much the same result.
> "A 1963 newspaper photograph of the then Director of the
> Zoo, Sir Edward Hallstrom, shows him
> warily patting one of the lizards, but by the time I
> started at the zoo in 1966, these same two
> Komodo Dragons were completely tame and enjoyed being
arly around their
> eyes and eyelids. (This is an effective calming trick and
> is still employed today with our one
> resident animal.)"
> Dann Pigdon
> GIS / Archaeologist
> Australian Dinosaurs
> Melbourne, Australia