• Short Summary

    Believed to be the largest of its kind in captivity, a five foot East African 'dragon' (Nile Monitor Lizard) was captured while taking a leisurely Christmas stroll along the Mombasa Road near Voi, Kenya.

  • Description

    Believed to be the largest of its kind in captivity, a five foot East African 'dragon' (Nile Monitor Lizard) was captured while taking a leisurely Christmas stroll along the Mombasa Road near Voi, Kenya. VISNEWS filmed the 'dragon' waddling through the gardens of the Coryndon Museum, Nairobi, where it is now on view.

    Dr. I. Lupekine of the Royal Technical College, Nairobi, made the capture by throwing a blanket over the 'dragon'. Normally a lethargic creature the Monitor is renowned as a doughty fighter. If provoked it can inflict savage wounds with its powerful whiplash tail and fearsome bite.

    Popularly known as a 'dragon' the amphibious Nile Monitor Lizard is related to the famous Giant Komodo dragon found on certain islands in the East Indies. Its normal food consists of rats, mice, squirrels and crocodile eggs.

    The Coryndon specimen will probably be sent to the London Zoo where there are facilities for keeping such a creature.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6UAOS20OZ4HDCPHQLLMLQ8DQG
    Media URN:
    VLVA6UAOS20OZ4HDCPHQLLMLQ8DQG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/01/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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