Dingoes pull toddler from camper bed

The toddler sustained two deep cuts to the back of his neck during the attack and was airlifted to hospital

The toddler sustained two deep cuts to the back of his neck during the attack and was airlifted to hospital

The attack is the third this year on Fraser Island, a popular tourist destination off the coast of the eastern state of Queensland.

The child's parents were woken by their son's cries, which were becoming more distant.

Paramedic Ben Du Toit says the dingo bit the toddler's neck and began dragging him away into the bush.

Dingo at Simpson's Gap, West Madonnell Mountain Range, Australia.

It's believed the dingo dragged the child from the camper van, where he had been sleeping with his parents.

The 14-month-old boy's parents awoke to him crying on Thursday night after the dingo entered their campervan on Queensland's Fraser Island as the family slept.

In March, several Australian researchers determined that the dingo was a native species in its own right, rather than being a wild dog as has been commonly accepted.

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"They also spotted several other dingoes in the area and near the vicinity, and he immediately ran up and grabbed his son and chased some of the dingoes off".

The unnamed father fought off the animals and got his son to safety.

Parks and Wildlife Service principal ranger Daniel Clifton said specialized dingo rangers will be visiting campers to remind them of the dangers. He pointed out that the family had been camping outside a fenced area to the north of Eurong. There has also been an increase in patrols and dingo rangers have been deployed to the island.

EARLIER, 3AM: A toddler has been pulled from a caravan on Fraser Island.

In January, a six-year-old boy was mauled by the native animal after as he ran up a dune on the island.

Australia's most notorious dingo attack occurred in 1980, when Lindy and Michael Chamberlain's 2-month-old daughter Azaria was believed to have been taken by one of the dogs from the couple's campsite at Uluru (Ayer's Rock) in central Australia. In 2012, a fourth coronial inquest into the case officially ruled that Azaria had died "as a result of being attacked and taken by a dingo".

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