Ayako Imoto is a young lady and a national celebrity in Japan. She travels the world to confront wildlife which has earned her the nick-name “rare beast hunter”.
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In this episode Ayako Imoto ties a piece of meat on a string to her back and goes for a hike in the Komodo National Park in Flores. This is the home of the notorious Komodo Dragon.
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These Komodo dragons get up to 3 meters (10 feet) long and can weight up to 135 kilograms (300 pounds). They can be pretty fast as well with short burst of speeds up to 20 kilometer per hour (13 Mph)!
The Komodo Dragon smells lunch and starts chasing Ayako Imoto making her literally run for her life.
Brave or Stupid?
Komodo dragons have large diet including wild boar, deer, water buffaloes but also smaller Komodo dragons. They are also known to eat goats, horses, birds and bird eggs. The younger Komodo Dragons will live up in the trees for their first years and will feed on smaller animals such as insects, eggs and geckos.
Their main strategy for hunting is based on stealth and power.
Adult Komodo dragons eat by tearing large chunks of flesh and swallowing them whole while holding the carcass down with their forelegs. Their saliva is a cocktail of life threatening bacteria which ultimately kills whatever or whoever their prey is.
They are known to attack people as well!
The Komodo National Park is a popular tourist destination within Indonesia. There are daily flights between Bali and the Labuan Bajo airport in Flores.
From Labuan Bajo you can book a day trip by boat to either Rinca Island or Komodo Island to go and see these fascination animals as well as the stunning nature.
As long as you don’t tie a piece of meat in between your legs then you should be A-OK.
Are you an adrenaline junkie? Would you try this as well?