Search for the Komodo dragon Exclusive: From the 1989 radio series

A Komodo dragon feeding

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A man-eating, evil smelling dragon

This episode tracks Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine's search for the Komodo dragon. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 1 November 1989, this is how the programme was billed at the time:

The Komodo dragon grows up to twelve feet in length, eats goats and people, and has the worst smelling breath of any creature known to man. The best way of finding one and staying alive is to take a goat to distract its attention. It prefers its goats to have been dead for three days, which may explain the state of the creature's breath.

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