Published: Sat, April 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Toddler dragged from campervan by dingo on Fraser Island

Toddler dragged from campervan by dingo on Fraser Island

"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.

Fraser Island's dingo population is estimated to be around 200, with packs of up to 30 dogs roaming the island, according to the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

"His dad got out of the campervan to investigate and found the dingo dragging the toddler away from the campervan".

Principal Ranger Daniel Clifton said dingo specialists were also attempting to identify the animals.

"The parents awoke with the toddler crying and heard the crying getting further away from the campervan", Du Toit said.

"He also spotted several other dingoes in the area, in the immediate vicinity and immediately ran up and grabbed his son".

Patrols have been increased and rangers will be visiting campers to remind them of the dangers.

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The attack is the latest in a string of dingo attacks on Fraser Island, officials said.

They recommend staying within arms length of children, walking in groups, locking up food away from tents.

Australia's dingo is a protected species on Fraser Island and are a popular attraction for camping tourists.

Mark Schipanski said he heard "bone-chilling screams of terror and fear" from his son Mark, whom he rescued by fighting off the animals.

In January, a six-year-old boy was taken to hospital after being bitten by a dingo when he ran up a sand dune.

The most famous case of a dingo attack involved nine-week-old Azaria Chamberlain, who disappeared from a campsite near Uluru/Ayers Rock in 1980. Lindy Chamberlain was convicted of murder over the death of her baby Azaria, although a court later ruled the baby was killed by a dingo.

Dingoes are believed to be related to a domestic dog brought in from Indonesia some 3,000 to 4,000 years ago, the BBC reported.

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