Boy mauled by pack of dingoes at Australian tourist spot

21 January 2019, 05:30 | Updated: 21 January 2019, 09:14

A six-year-old boy has been mauled by a pack of dingoes at Fraser Island, a popular tourist spot in Australia.

The animals "wanted blood" according to the father of six-year-old Michael Schipanski, who is currently recovering from his ordeal in hospital.

He had been swimming with his family and had tried to race up a sand dune, witnesses said, but when he reached the top there were a pack of four dingoes.

"I heard him screaming, bone-chilling screams of terror and fear and pain, and turned around and saw him set upon and dragged down by this pack of dingoes. It was out-of-control, vicious, terrifying," his father Mark Schipanski said.

"He has severe puncture wounds, bite and teeth marks, to both his legs. One dingo had him by the leg and was trying to drag him off down the sand."

Mr Schipanski managed to pull his son from the dogs after a few seconds and carry him off. He was then treated by paramedics and flown to a nearby hospital.

Authorities have in the past warned of the dangers of dingoes on Fraser Island, which is the world's largest sand island and a popular tourist resort.

A nine-year-old boy was killed by one of the wild dogs in the area in 2001, and a woman and child were bitten in separate incidents last year.

The dogs became famous following the case of baby Azaria Chamberlain, whose mother was convicted of murder after the child's disappearance in 1980.

A landmark court ruling in 2012 found a dingo snatched the baby from a tent.

Families visiting Fraser Island are advised not to feed dingoes and to keep their children close by.