Two Dingos – Australian Wild Dogs – were killed after they attacked and bet two French tourists on the popular destination of Fraser Island in Queensland.
A 20-year-old mother and her nine-year-old son had just left the car on the UNESCO World Heritage Site when they came across a flock of dingoes.
“They panicked and ran back to the car, and then the pack started the hunt and attacked,” spokesman Michael Augustus told the Queensland ambulance service. The mother escaped from it with less bite, mostly at the bottom of her arms and legs. The boy had significantly more extensive injuries to the arms, legs and face, says Augustus. The two tourists, who will be from France, were taken to hospital, and their condition is described as stable.
One of the dingo’s attacked was captured and killed by the natural inspection on Friday, while another was killed on Sunday, the authorities said.
In January, a six-year-old boy was bitten by having the race on a sand dune. Fraser island is the world’s largest sand island and is a popular destination – with the dingo as one of the drawers, as well as the long sandy beaches.
The authorities regularly issue warnings and remind people that the dingo is wanted. Tourists are encouraged to keep their children nearby, not run and not feed the wild dogs. The Dingo is a watchdog that differs from both wolf and domestic dogs. The most well-known variety belongs in Australia, but there are also dingoes in Asia and New Guinea.