Friday, June 02, 2006

KOMODO DRAGONS - Leaping lizards! What a risky job

Here's the Chicago Tribune with the risks of smelling like a dead rat when you're in the cage with Faust, the Komodo Dragon at the Shedd Aquarium.
Nobody but nobody who smells of dead mice and rats is allowed to go into Faust's enclosure.

That's a hard and fast rule for keepers at the Shedd Aquarium's temporary exhibit of lizards from around the world. Faust, an 8-foot-long Komodo dragon, normally is pretty friendly with the people who clean his habitat daily. But a forgetful keeper who had fed other carnivorous lizards before visiting Faust would risk being mistaken for lunchmeat and attacked.