A pack of dingoes threw a six-year-old boy at a tourist spot in Australia before his father managed to fight the animals.
Mark Schipanski said his son Michael had swum on Fraser Island in Queensland. When he tried to get into a sand dune, he was confronted at the top with a group of four wild dogs – who then jumped up.
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"I heard him scream, shrieking screams of fear and fear and pain, and turned around and saw him sit and be dragged by this packet of dingoes It was out of control, cruel, terrifying," said Mark Schipanski.
A Dingo runs at the Dingo Discovery and Research Center on the Toolern Vale in rural Victoria, northwest of Melbourne. A group of animals attacked a small boy in front of his father. WILLIAM WEST / AFP / Getty Images He managed to get his son out of the dogs and the boy was flown to the hospital.
"He has severe puncture wounds and bites and teeth marks, both legs." A dingo had him by the leg and tried to drag him into the sand, "Sky News reported the father as saying.
Authorities have warned of the dangers of animals on the world's largest sand island, off the southern coast of Queensland. It has what is supposed to be the purest dingo population in Australia, with about 200 of them there, the BBC reported.
"I think it's a reminder that we're in a wild environment, and Fraser Island is just one of those places," Garie Beachcamp Retreat owner Hana Robinson told Nine News.
The dingo, which is supposed to be descended from a house dog from Indonesia, is a protected species in the national parks of the state and is usually shy for people. Experts say that their proximity to tourists on Fraser Island has encouraged them.
A visitor to the island sent images to the ABC news in Australia, where the animals that walked across the island were close to the people on the beach.
"I discovered that there was an exaggerated presence of dingop packages during these holidays," Andrew Richter told the station.
One of the wild dogs killed a nine-year-old boy in 2001 and there were two other incidents in 2018. In July 2017, a 25-year-old woman was bitten by a dingo in Lake Mackenzie near the center of the island.
The dogs were in the center of the famous case of baby Azaria Chamberlain, whose mother was convicted of murder after the disappearance of the child in 1980.
The case was processed in the film Evil Angels starring Meryl Streep. A court annulled her conviction and ruled that a dingo was her baby from a camp near Uluru, then known as Ayers Rock.