Published: Fri, April 19, 2019

Dad fights off pack of dingoes to save toddler in Australia

Dad fights off pack of dingoes to save toddler in Australia

Rescue personnel said a father fought off several dingoes to save his 14-month-old son from one of the wild dogs that was dragging the boy from their campervan on an Australian island.

The attack is the third this year on Fraser Island, a popular tourist destination off the coast of the eastern state of Queensland.

"The parents woke up to the baby screaming and chased after him and had to fight the dingoes off to take the 14-month-old boy away", paramedic Ben Du Toit told local media on Friday.

"I think he made his way under the canvas to get into the camper trailer", Bertoli added, referring to the dingo.

The child was airlifted to a hospital with a fractured skull and puncture wounds to the back of the head.

The family was sleeping when a dingo entered their campervan.


Paramedics met the family at the Eurong Beach Resort before the RACQ Lifeflight helicopter was called.

A toddler has escaped with cuts to his neck and head after his father snatched him from a dingo's jaws on Queensland's Fraser Island.

Rescue pilot Frank Bertoli praised the parents' quick response, which he said likely saved the boy from even more severe injuries. ABC News reports that he is now being treated in hospital and is in a stable condition.

Campers on the island have been told to keep children close, walk in groups and lock food up away from tents and not run away when confronted by the animals.

In January, a six-year-old was reportedly bitten multiple times, and in February, a nine-year-old boy and his mother were attacked. He is the only other person ever killed by dingoes in Australia.

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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