Doc Ferds faces fearsome 'man-eater'-A A +A
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
“BORN To Be Wild” kicks off its month-long feature of Indonesia tonight. Doc Ferds Recio travelled to the island of Sumatra in Indonesia to look for what villagers call "the man-eater."
This animal, according to locals, kills and eats humans in their community. In 2010, a 19-year-old girl working in a palm oil plantation was attacked and killed by the "man-eater."
To uncover the mystery, Doc Ferds visited Riau Province in Sumatra. It is here that he discovered that the so-called "man-eater" is the critically endangered Sumatran Tiger. The Sumatran Tiger is the last species of endemic tigers in Indonesia.
The Javan Tiger and the Bali Tiger are now extinct. But conservationists in the island believe that there is still hope, even for the fearsome tigers.
As the tension between human safety and species survival grows, Doc Ferds joins the team of experts to confirm if tiger cubs are still being born in the wild and whether these wild beasts stand a chance in an ever-growing human world.
Meanwhile, Doc Nielsen encounters Komodo Dragons. They are legendary beings, dragons that can grow bigger than humans, ancient creatures that have roamed the earth for ages.
In a remote island in Indonesia, Doc Nielsen comes face to face with the largest lizard on the planet.
For a reptile lover like him, a Komodo encounter is a dream come true.
But Komodos are also known predators. Their saliva, said to contain 13 kinds of bacteria, can be deadly for any bite victim. But Doc Nielsen takes on the challenge to meet this creature and finds out why they are called the king of all lizards.
Join the Docs in their epic journey to the largest archipelago in the world. Born to be Wild: Indonesia airs tonight, after Saksi on GMA-7.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 09, 2013.