The komodo dragon wasn't enjoying the petting, it was enjoying the thoughts of tearing the arm off.
And junior mints.
Maybe. But monitor lizards are very strange group of reptiles; they are highly intelligent (for reptiles), respond to training very rapidly (according to one NOVA program at least), and are apparently able to recognize their keepers.
Originally Posted by Capulet
If we weren't meant to eat animals then why were they made so tasty?
If we weren't meant to eat animals, then why do we have fangs? True, they're dinky in comparison to those of true carnivores, and even among our primate relatives, but we still have them.