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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.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp0apO2QSpc

Jason

--- On Thu, 10/1/09, Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au> wrote:

> From: Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au>
> Subject: Re: Dragon's Paradise Lost - re-planting KD's in Oz
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009, 7:45 PM
> On Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009 at 9:10 AM,
> Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au>
> wrote:
> 
> > 
> > On Thu, Oct 1st, 2009 at 11:31 PM, Augusto Haro <augustoharo@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > 
> > > 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 
> in 
> > 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.
> 
> http://www.zoofriends.org.au/zoonooz/zoonooz_march04_article1.html
> 
> "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
> scratche
arly around their 
> eyes and eyelids. (This is an effective calming trick and
> is still employed today with our one 
> resident animal.)"
> 
> -- 
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> 
> Dann Pigdon
> GIS / Archaeologist         
>       Australian Dinosaurs
> Melbourne, Australia         
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