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Akron Zoo's beloved Komodo dragon dies
The 15-year-old was born in Miami, but spent most his life in Akron
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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TNT died Monday.
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The Akron Zoo’s 15-year-old Komodo dragon died Monday.

TNT was one of the zoo's icons. The monitor lizard was born in the Miami Zoo in 1998 and moved to Akron in 2001. In 2005, he got new surroundings with the opening of the Komodo Kingdom.

But he had a chronic degenerative condition in his spine, which caused problems with his gastrointestinal track and back legs. The zoo says the condition worsened over the last week.

Komodos are the largest species of lizards. Because there are few males in captivity, the zoo says it doesn’t know what their life expectency is. But females in captivity live to a little over 12 years.

The zoo still has two other Komodo dragons, 3-year-old sisters known as Draco and Charlie. 

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sad. heart breaking really...my family loved looking at the dragon and they loved learning about it.


Posted by: Anne Williams (Ohio) on February 19, 2014 2:02AM
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