Father Saves Toddler From Dingo's Jaws on Fraser Island

Clay Curtis
April 19, 2019

In January a six-year-old boy was taken to hospital after being attacked by a dingo on the same island after swimming.

The terrifying incident occurred around midnight in the Eurong area of Fraser Island, and saw the child suffer deep lacerations to his leg, head and neck after being snatched from his bed by the dingoes and dragged by his head outside.

Paramedic Ben Du Toit says the family were camping in a remote area of the island in the state's southeast on Thursday night when a dingo entered their campervan and bit the toddler's neck.

"The parents awoke with the toddler crying and heard the crying getting further away from the campervan."

Awakening to hear cries becoming more distant, the baby's father leapt to action, fighting off the dingo that had his son it is jaws.

The father ran outside and fought off several dingoes to rescue his son.

The man was immediately airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital and underwent surgery, but his injuries are still believed to be life threatening.

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Rescue pilot Frank Bertoli praised the parents' quick response, which he said likely saved the boy from even more severe injuries.

The child was flown to Hervey Bay Hospital in a stable condition but was transferred about 8:00am to Queensland Children's Hospital in Brisbane.

"Rangers are increasing patrols and visiting campsites to remind visitors to be dingo aware and remain vigilant at all times", a spokesperson said.

A month later, two tourists including a nine-year-old boy and his mother were attacked as they tried to run back to their vehicle.

"They said that the main dingo was surrounded by others".

Native to Australia, dingoes came under the spotlight with the disappearance of baby Azaria Chamberlain at Uluru, or Ayers Rock, in 1980 for which her mother Lindy was convicted of murder and her father, Michael, of being an accessory.

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