"How do we escape, if a dragon attacks?"
There are also baby dragons in the trees. "Once hatched, baby dragons hide in the trees so their parents can't eat them," says Park Ranger Agus, conspicuous in his saffron ranger shirt.
"Dragons can run fast, but not far," adds Agus, leaning on the forked wooden staff all Park Rangers carry. An alternative to the zigzag flight is to climb a tree: presumably one which doesn't have a junior dragon salivating amid its upper boughs.
"Or you can just stand still. Motion makes a dragon want to pursue."
"And what if you're bitten?"
"Then you've got 12 hours to get the medicine before you have to amputate," says Agus, flatly. "People die from the bacteria in Komodo bites. But, there's no medicine on the island. The nearest antidote is in Denpasar, Bali, several hours away by plane and many more by boat."
"They hang out here because they like the kitchen smells," says Agus.
"Do you feed them?"
"No. Only a little."
"They like fish bones," explains Agus. "Fish bones are like peanuts to dragons."
See here for a fuller version of this dragon's tale in The Jakarta Post's Weekender magazine, December 2011.