A toddler is in hospital with deep puncture wounds inflicted by a dingo which attacked the two-year-old boy who walked unsupervised from his family’s holiday home on Fraser Island.
The young boy sustained significant injuries to his legs, arms, neck, shoulder and head after being mauled by just one animal, with a paramedic saying he was lucky not to be attacked by a dingo pack.
Neighbours at Orchid Beach on the island’s northeastern coast raised the alarm after hearing a commotion around 7.30am on Saturday.
The two-year-old had wandered outside while his family was asleep and was approached by a dingo, on duty paramedic Lee told the Courier-Mail.
Lee said the dingo bit the boy on many parts of his body as well as the back of his head.
“The young lad had sustained bite marks and puncture wounds to his left leg, left arm, base of neck, shoulder and a laceration to the base of his head and the back as well,” Lee said.
“None of these wounds were life-threatening but some were quite deep puncture marks.
“This child was extremely lucky to not sustain worse injuries as it was believed to be a single dingo and not a pack.”
The toddler was saved after nearby residents heard the attack taking place.
“I believe it may have been neighbours in houses nearby, heard the commotion going on outside and they dealt with it,” the paramedic said.
The boy was airlifted to Bundaberg Hospital where he is in a stable condition.
Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, has a history of dingo attacks, with one incident in 2019 serving as an eerie reminder of the Azaria Chamberlain case
A pack of dingoes dragged a 14-month-old boy by the head from his family’s caravan after midnight.
It was only the boy’s cries waking his father, who wrestled his son away from the pack, that saved the boy.
The ninth attack on Fraser Island in 20 years, it was similar to the infamous 1980 case when nine-week-old Azaria Chamberlain was taken from her family tent near Uluru in the Northern Territory.
Lindy Chamberlain was convicted of murdering her child and spent three years of a life sentence in jail.
Then, by chance, the baby’s bloodied matinee jacket was found in a dingo’s lair at Uluru.
Ms Chamberlain was released, exonerated and financially compensated.