People: Jun. 25, 2001

A DRAGON'S BASIC INSTINCT

In the most ominous invitation since Travis Coates asked Old Yeller to join him for a walk, SHARON STONE invited her husband, San Francisco Chronicle executive editor PHIL BRONSTEIN, to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the L.A. Zoo. As part of the tour, Bronstein was induced to enter the cage of a KOMODO DRAGON and remove his white sneakers, which a keeper thought the giant lizard might mistake for white rats. The dragon promptly chomped down on Bronstein's big white toe, sending him to the hospital for major surgery. More surprising than the gullibility of a hardened...

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