Giant lizard terrorises Beirut
By Kim Ghattas
BBC Beirut correspondent
He's big, he's a carnivore, he's terrorising the neighbourhood's residents, he's been swimming in people's pools and he's already claimed victims - several cats, a dog and apparently even a horse.
In Lebanon, a giant lizard has been roaming the streets of a Beirut suburb for several weeks, eluding all the attempts by the authorities to catch it.
He's Lebanon's own Komodo Dragon, or so say the witnesses who have seen him.
It's believed that the one living just outside Beirut was brought to Lebanon by a German who lived here and eventually set him free.
About three months ago, one person sighted him, but his tale was dismissed as that of a crazy person.
But when pets started disappearing, people started paying attention.
A Komodo Dragon? In Beirut?
He was sent by Al Qaeda to strike fear into Lebanese pets.
What I want to know is how you transport a Komodo Dragon anywhere. Those are the meanest freaking animals around. Vicious doesn't begin to describe them.
I mean, you're walking along the street, eating a falaffel or drinking a coke and you see this lizard. Of course, people think you're crazy after you dig up a picture of the thing and the words Komodo Dragon pops out of your mouth. They live in Indonesia. Nowhere near Beirut. But something is making pets disappear and it's not Israeli commandos.
A Komodo Dragon in Beirut. I've seen them in the Bronx Zoo and they scared the crap out me there. I sure as shit wouldn't to see one diddy bopping down my street.
Too weird to pass up.
posted by Steve @ 6:48:00 PM