Woman, 83, uses broom to fight off Komodo dragon attack
Komodo dragons bask near a ranger hut on Rinca island, Indonesia, Tuesday, April 28, 2009. (AP / Dita Alangkara)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:24AM EDT
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- An 83-year-old Indonesian woman has used a broom to fight off an attack from a Komodo dragon.
Komodo National Park official Heru Rudiharto says the 2-metre-long giant lizard bit the left hand of Haifha on Tuesday while she was near her house on Rinca island.
Haifha, who like many Indonesians uses only one name, hit the giant lizard's nose several times with a broom until it let go of her hand. Her neighbours heard her scream and drove the animal away.
It took 20 stiches to repair Haifa's hand.
Endangered Komodo dragons are found in the wild in eastern Indonesia. They can grow longer than 3 metres. Fewer than 4,000 are believed to be alive.