Dingo drags toddler away from campervan on Australia's Fraser Island

Fraser Island is a popular holiday destination but visitors are warned to be wary of dingoes

Fraser Island is a popular holiday destination but visitors are warned to be wary of dingoes

At least two wild dogs are understood to have entered the caravan on Fraser Island in the early hours of Friday morning.

It is the ninth dingo attack on Fraser Island in the past 20 years, and the third this year after a six-year-old boy Michael Schipanski was mauled in January.

The family had been sleeping inside the vehicle when the parents woke to the sound of their 14-month-old son's cries, which were "becoming more distant", according to the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) LifeFlight Rescue.

The father ran outside, to find the dingo had dragged his child some distance from the van.

"The parents awoke with the toddler crying and heard the crying getting further away from the campervan."

Mr Du Toit warned visitors to Fraser Island to heed rangers' advice and stay away from dingoes.

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"He also spotted several other dingoes in the area, in the immediate vicinity and immediately ran up and grabbed his son". Paramedics were called, arriving via helicopter to the island, which is situated about 250km north of Brisbane. He was airlifted to hospital for treatment.

The child was flown to Hervey Bay Hospital in a stable condition but was transferred about 8:00am to Queensland Children's Hospital in Brisbane.

The attack is the third this year on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island and a popular tourist destination.

The latest incident has eerie similarities to one of Australia's most famous cases, the 198o death of nine-week-old baby Azaria Chamberlain, whose mother Lindy Chamberlain alleged she was taken by a dingo from a tent at their Uluru campsite.

Lindy Chamberlain was tried for her murder, ultimately spending more than three years behind bars before being released after a piece of Azaria's clothing was found near a dingo lair, opening new inquests.

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