Australia Toddler bitten by dingo on Queensland's Fraser Island, airlifted to Bundaberg Hospital

07:15  17 april  2021
07:15  17 april  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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a dog sitting on a beach: The dingo attack left the boy with injuries to his neck, shoulder, buttocks and thigh. (ABC News: Kerrin Binnie, file photo) © Provided by ABC NEWS The dingo attack left the boy with injuries to his neck, shoulder, buttocks and thigh. (ABC News: Kerrin Binnie, file photo)

A dingo has attacked a two-year-old boy on Fraser Island (K'gari), with the child now in Bundaberg Hospital.

Emergency services were called to Orchid Beach about 7:40am on Saturday.

The boy suffered superficial injuries to his neck, shoulder, buttocks and thigh in the attack which happened after he wandered away from a holiday house where his family was staying.

Queensland Ambulance Service paramedic Kevin Charteris said neighbours and bystanders chased the dingo away before attempting to stop the boy's bleeding. 

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He said the boy was "very lucky to still be alive" after sustaining about a dozen wounds.

"It certainly could have been much, much more tragic," he said.

"Luckily, bystanders were there to intervene at the time. With the past history of Fraser Island, we know that there have been some tragic incidents over there.

"The little fella had some puncture wounds on his thigh, on the back on his buttocks, across his shoulder and also at the back of his head.

"It was hard to determine with the little fella. He was quite upset."

It is the second reported attack there this year. Another child on the island was bitten in February.

Not known if dingo was 'a problem'

In a statement, the Department of Environment and Science said rangers were "investigating a dingo attack" and interviewing witnesses.

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The department did not know if the dingo which attacked the boy had previously displayed "problem behaviour".

The statement said any decision on the management of the dingo would be made once it was positively identified.

Decisions would be made in collaboration with traditional owners, the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation, and other stakeholders, it said.

"People are reminded to be dingo safe and not to feed or interact with the animals as this may contribute to their habituation and may have consequences," the statement said.

"Dingoes that lose their natural wariness of people and become habituated may become aggressive while seeking food."

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LifeFlight crew member Shaun Gillespie said the boy's parents were upset and shocked about the attack.

"You don't expect this to happen but on Fraser Island, with a wild dingo population, you have to be on guard for this kind of thing," he said.

Although distressed, the toddler was able to enjoy in-flight entertainment on his way to the mainland.

"We had a little bit of Peppa Pig playing on my iPad on the way over for him; a bit of a distraction therapy there," Mr Charteris said.

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