Sunday 27 January 2019

Fraser Island dingo attack: boy in hospital after running into pack of wild dogs

Six-year-old in hospital with leg injuries after being bitten by a dingo on a sand dune
Sat 19 Jan 2019 23.33 GMTLast modified on Sat 19 Jan 2019 23.35 GMT

A six-year-old boy has been attacked after unexpectedly running into a pack of dingoes on world heritage-listed Fraser Island, where the wild dog population is a protected species.
The child was bitten on the leg on Saturday afternoon after running up a sand dune.
The boy had been swimming with his family, and ran up the dune, Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Lifeflight rescue helicopter crewman Dan Leggat said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, when he got to the top, there was a pack of four dingoes,” Leggat said.
“One of the dingoes attacked the boy and bit him on the leg,”
The boy was treated by paramedics on the island and airlifted to the mainland at Hervey Bay.
Fraser Island, off Australia’s Queensland coast, is home to Australia’s most significant purebred dingo colony. About 200 dingoes inhabit the sand island, where they remain the apex predator and have been isolated from crossbreeding with feral and domestic dogs.
Tourists are warned to take precautions outside of fenced areas, including walking in groups, keeping children within arm’s length and not running as it attracts dingoes.

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