• Father saves 14-month-old boy from dingo attack in Australia

    By: Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    SYDNEY -

    A family camping in a remote area of an Australian island was sleeping in its trailer when two dingoes entered and tried to take off with a 14-month-old boy early Friday.

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    The boy suffered puncture wounds to his head and neck after one of the wild dogs tried dragging the boy into some bushes on Fraser Island, which is off the Queensland coast.

    The parents awoke to the child’s cries fading in the distance as he was being taken away. The father ran outside and fought off several dingoes.

    “He was apparently grabbed around the back of the neck area and dragged away. So, if it wasn’t for the parents and their quick thinking and fighting off the dingoes, he probably would have had more severe injuries,” Frank Bertoli, a pilot for RACQ Life Flight, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

    The boy was flown to a hospital, where he is in stable condition, 9News reported. His parents told 9News he is recovering after undergoing two rounds of surgeries. 

    This is the third dingo attack on Fraser Island this year.

    A 9-year-old boy was chased and mauled in February and a 6-year-old boy was bitten on the legs in January, 9News reported.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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