A kitten’s fall into a Komodo dragon cage at the Fort Worth Zoo became a Facebook sensation Monday.
The kitten, since named Komodo, was taken to the Humane Society of North Texas for care, according to the organization’s Facebook page. The post had generated some 1,300 reactions and been shared more than 300 times by Monday afternoon.
The kitten is in good health, said Philip Gonzalez, Humane Society of North Texas development and communications director. She will be in foster care until she reaches the right size and weight to be adopted.
Some Humane Society animals have incredible back stories, but this is a first for the organization, he said: “Whoever takes her is going to have a cool story to tell.”
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Officials were unclear as to how the kitten got into the lizard’s den Saturday, but there are feral cats in Forest Park near the zoo, said Alexis Wilson, Fort Worth Zoo spokeswoman.
Wilson said feral cats are found randomly at the zoo and are taken to the Humane Society when zoo staffers catch them.
The zookeeper who found the kitten took her to the zoo’s animal hospital to check her for injuries, Wilson said.
Komodo dragons, the largest living lizard, eat almost any kind of meat ranging from small rodents to large water buffalo and can smell their prey miles away, according to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park website.
Rafael Sears: 817-390-7657, @searsrafael
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