Watch This Fast-Thinking Goat Leap to Avoid the Deadly Bite of a Huge Komodo Dragon

Written by Hannah Crawford
Published: August 23, 2023
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For all that predators are, with their powerful legs, their pointy claws, and their deadly bite, there is something to be said about their ability to master the art of stealth. There are so many videos we watch of animals in the wild. It is simply nothing short of amazing how utterly close a predator can get to their prey without detection. 

Whether it is a lion closing in on a gazelle, a crocodile emerging from the water and dragging an antelope down, or a cheetah pouncing on a hartebeest, we can learn from their patience. After all, patience is key when hunting. If a hunter or a predator rushes in too quickly, it allows the prey to respond by fighting or fleeing. But patience and stealth give the element of surprise.

In the case of the short YouTube clip shown below, we see a goat walking around aimlessly. It’s as if he cannot tell there is a predator behind him. We see an enormous Komodo dragon that is sticking his tongue out and slowly approaching this goat from behind. Once the goat is alerted to the Komodo dragon’s presence, we might assume this goat would take off at a high rate of speed to get out of there! However, he does not. He simply turns around. We comically see the goat has his ears flapped over his eyes as if he does not look at this giant lizard; he might be able to escape.

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The Komodo dragon takes a small nibble at the back of this goat’s rear end. This is when the goat springs into action and takes one giant leap up into the air to get away from this dragon. He is successful at getting away, and the Komodo dragon starts to follow the goat slowly. However, for some reason, this giant lizard does not pursue the goat, even though he could have taken this goat down. 

What do Komodo Dragons Eat?

The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) attacks the prey. It is the biggest living lizard in the world.On island Rinca. Indonesia.

Komodo dragons can run up to 11 miles per hour.

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This miniature Godzilla is not to be taken lightly. This is one lizard you for sure would not want to cross paths with. They come in, weighing anywhere from 70-150 kilograms (150-300 pounds) and reaching up to 2-3.1 meters (6.6-10.3 feet) in length. 

As we can imagine, Komodo dragons are carnivores, and as such, they eat pigs, deer, and water buffalo. Just imagine the strength this lizard must have to be able to take down large prey like that!

Watch the Incredible Video Below!

The photo featured at the top of this post is © jctabb/

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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