Hero Dad Saves His Toddler Son From Being Dragged Away By Dingos On Fraser Island
A dad is being hailed a hero after he saved his toddler son from being dragged away by a dingo on Australia's Fraser Island.
The 14-month-old boy was asleep when the animal picked him up in a caravan off Queensland's coast.
It was only when the boy started crying out for help did the parents wake up and run to help him.
Paramedic Ben Du Toit said: "The dad got out to investigate and found the dingo dragging the toddler away. He also spotted several other dingos near the vicinity.
"He immediately ran up and dragged his son and chased some of the dingos off."
That's a pretty brave thing to do when you're up against a pack of hungry dingos, but a parent's instinct is pretty intense.
Inside the campervan was also the parent's four-year-old daughter who was unharmed during the incident. The Daily Mail reports investigators believe the dingo managed to get inside the vehicle via a canvas flap over the doorway.
The toddler reportedly suffered puncture wounds to his neck as well as a fractured skull.
Fraser Island's website warns that people visiting the gorgeous place need to be wary of dingos. There have been a bunch of dingo-proof fences erected across the island, however, it seems as though the animals are able to get around them from time to time.
"Never leave anything lying around, as dingoes are curious," the site says. "Even small oversights can make dingoes more fearless. Your actions can make a difference.
"Generally dingoes go about their lives and stay clear of people. Unhabituated dingoes have a natural fear of people and shy away. From time to time, dingoes may come close and some encounters can turn to tragedy. Stay alert and stay calm."
Thankfully this is ended up as a good news story but it could just as easily ended terribly.
In February, a nine-year-old boy and 24-year-old woman were attacked by two dingos after a swim on the island. The boy and his young mum suffered serious injuries to their arms, legs and face.
Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "The couple both panicked and ran back towards the vehicle and it was at that time when the pack actually chased them and attacked."
A six-year-old boy was attacked a month earlier when three sub-adult dingos lunged at him on the same island.
Take this as a word of warning, if you're going to Fraser Island, be wary of dingos.
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