A father has saved his baby son from being dragged away by a pack of wild dogs at an Australian holiday home.
The family were sleeping when a dingo entered the caravan – and the parents woke up to the sound of their 14-month-old boy’s cries fading as he was dragged away.
Running outside, the father fought off several dingoes to rescue his son, who suffered deep cuts to his head.
Air ambulance pilot Frank Bertoli, who attended the scene at Fraser Island in Queensland, praised the parents’ “quick thinking”.
He said: “[The baby] was apparently grabbed around the back of the neck area and dragged away.
“So if it wasn’t for the parents and their quick thinking and fighting off the dingoes, he probably would have had more severe injuries.”
The boy was airlifted to a hospital on Friday morning.
He is the third child attacked by dingoes on Fraser Island this year, Mr Bertoli confirmed.
Part of a national park, the island is known for its rainforests, wetlands and coastal dunes.
Authorities there issue strong warnings for visitors to avoid dingoes and to not try to draw their attention or leave food behind.
Principal ranger Daniel Clifton told reporters that close interactions with people and access to food can alter dingoes’ behaviour and raise aggression.
Extra rangers have been assigned to investigate the attack and patrol the island.
Mr Clifton said dingo specialists are trying to identify which animals attacked the baby.