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Giant lizard terrorises Beirut
Sunday, August 31, 2003
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.
Komodo Dragons are an endangered species and live in Indonesia.
They belong to the family of monitor lizards. 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.
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