A toddler has escaped with cuts to his neck and head after his father snatched him from a dingo’s jaws on Queensland’s Fraser Island.
Paramedic Ben Du Toit says the family were camping in a remote area of the island in the state’s southeast on Thursday night when a dingo entered their campervan and bit the toddler’s neck.
The boy started crying as the dog began to drag him away into the bush.
“The parents awoke with the toddler crying and heard the crying getting further away from the campervan,” Mr Du Toit said.
The father ran outside and snatched his child from the dingo’s jaws before chasing off several other dingoes and calling triple zero.
Paramedics later treated two deep cuts on the toddler’s neck near the back of his head and some minor cuts on his head at the Eurong Beach Resort.
The toddler was airlifted to Hervey Bay Hospital.
Mr Du Toit warned visitors to Fraser Island to heed rangers’ advice and stay away from dingoes.
“Just stay well clear of them, keep all food sources well locked up and away from dingoes, and never walk alone, always walk in groups,” he said.