Boy attacked by dingo on Fraser Island
A child has been attacked by a dingo on Queensland’s Fraser Island while on holiday with his family.
The two-year-old boy was staying at Orchid Beach when he was set upon by the wild animal just before 7.30am.
Emergency services said the boy appears to have wandered off on a remote track near the home while the parents were asleep inside.
“They had locked the house and were unfortunately sleeping in when they found one of their children had managed to exit the premises and go for a wander off,” paramedic Kevin Charteris said.
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He was bitten more than a dozen times on the head, neck, shoulder, thigh and buttocks but is now in a stable condition.
Witnesses have told they heard sounds of the child screaming for help before rushing to confront the dingo.
The boy was treated at the scene by paramedics before an emergency chopper was flown in to take him to Bundaberg Hospital.
Queensland Environment said they were aware of the attack and are investigating.
In February another boy was also attacked by a dingo while staying at the same spot.
The nine-year-old was treated for minor injuries to his hand and legs.
In 2019 a 14-month-old boy had to undergo surgery to his skull when he was dragged from his family camper trailer by the head.
Due to these recent attack, authorities on the island have been strict in issuing fines to anyone caught interfering with the native animals, with offenders being slugged a minimum of $2135 per offence.
“We’re very very grateful this wasn’t another fatal attack,” Mr Charteris said.