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Camera-Toting Komodo Dragon in Training

Keepers outfitted the 14-year-old lizard with a portable action camera to capture practice from a “lizard’s-eye” view

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    Video provided to NBC 7 by the San Diego Zoo shows Sunny, the Komodo Dragon, wearing a camera while practicing with keepers in her exhibit on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (Published Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014)

    Keepers at the San Diego Zoo Visitors strapped a camera to one of the largest lizards in the world.

    Inside his exhibit at the Reptile House Sunny the Komodo Dragon looked like your typical tourist, wearing a camera and harness.

    Keepers were inside the exhibit with the meat-eating, fast-moving predator that’s been used in such memorable movie scenes as the fight scene in “Skyfall.”

    The nearly 9-foot lizard has long, dangerous claws and some 60 short, sharp teeth that are compared to shark teeth.

    But this Komodo Dragon is also mild-mannered and normally comes when his keepers call.

    He’s so curious, they say, that they decided to try target training practice Thursday offering up a dead fish as a reward.

    Keepers outfitted the 14-year-old lizard with a portable action camera to capture practice from a “lizard’s-eye” view.

    Hatched at the Honolulu Zoo in 2000, Sunny arrived to San Diego six years later. He’s one of three Komodo Dragons at the zoo.

    The species is considered vulnerable by conservationists. There are roughly 3,000 living on a national park in the islands of southeastern Indonesia.