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Boy, 4, bitten by dingo on Fraser Island in second attack in weeks


A four-year-old boy has been bitten by a dingo at Orchid Beach on Fraser Island-K’Gari in the second attack on the island in weeks.

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Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service officers said the attack occurred last Saturday, with the boy suffering two small red marks and a slight graze to his thigh but did not require medical treatment.

The attack followed the mauling of a toddler by a dingo at Orchid Beach on April 17.

The two-year-old boy suffered wounds all over his body but will recover after a lone dingo repeatedly bit after he had wandered away from the home he was staying at with his family.

In Saturday’s incident, two boys aged four and five-years-old were near a car at a home at Orchid Beach when they were approached by a dingo.

QPWS rangers said the dingo sniffed the five-year-old boy, and the children ran towards the house when the four-year-old boy was bitten on the thigh.

The boys’ parents chased the dingo into the bush, and it snarled at them and didn’t want to leave the area.

QPWS rangers are investigating to try and determine which dingo was involved.

“Residents and visitors to the island, particularly the Orchid Beach area, are advised a dingo pack is approaching people for food,” the QPWS said in a statement.

“It’s believed the dingo pack has been inadvertently or deliberately fed by residents and visitors, and has lost its natural wariness of people.”

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