Two women mauled by dingoes at tourist hotspot weeks after woman attacked and boy, 10, dragged into water by wild dogs | The Sun
TWO women have been mauled by dingoes at a tourist hotspot – just weeks after a 10-year-old boy was dragged into the water by the wild dogs.
The beach-goers were bitten at a popular swimming spot on K'gari – also known as Fraser Island – in Australia.
They were among seven adults who were circled by a dingo at Eli Creek before it pounced.
"One of the wongari (dingoes) lunged and mouthed a woman on the thigh," a Department of Environment and Science spokesperson told the Courier Mail.
"A member of the group threw a stick at the wongari and scared them off."
A second woman was attacked just five minutes later after another dingo wandered down the creek and attacked her from behind.
"When the woman turned around and saw the wongari, she fell and was bitten on the thigh," the spokesperson said.
Several vicious dingo attacks have been reported on K'gari in recent months.
In June, a dingo bit a sunbather's bum as she relaxed on the beach.
The video captured the moment the animal stalked up to the bikini-clad woman before taking a bite.
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The French tourist was startled and jumped up from her towel while onlookers rushed towards her.
The footage was filmed a few weeks before a ten-year-old boy was bitten and dragged underwater in a vicious dingo attack on June 16.
The attack took place on K'gari beach – less than two weeks after park rangers euthanised another animal.
The kid was bitten and pulled under the water by the predator after walking along the water's edge on the island's west coast.
But he was miraculously saved when his 12-year-old sister intervened.
“The family treated the boy for puncture wounds to his shoulder and arms and scratches and bruises on his collarbone and arm,” ranger Danielle Mansfield said.
The ranger said the dingo was accustomed to human interaction, showing no wariness around people.
They chased the animal away and have increased patrols in the area.
Mansfield warned that because visitors "harmlessly" feed the dangerous animals leftover scraps of food, they frequently return to the beach to solicit food as they've been previously fed.
Rangers are reminding people to remain vigilant after months of dingo attacks on the island, including biting a seven-year-old boy and a 42-year-old woman.
In April a toddler was horrifically mauled by a dingo at a popular campsite in Australia while holidaying with his family.
The two-year-old boy was attacked by the vicious canine at Dales Campground in Karijini National Park.
He was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries after the wild dog pounced on him but luckily the boy's condition was not life-threatening and he was soon discharged.
A six-year-old girl was also savaged by a dingo that horrifically held her underwater off Australia's east coast in the same month.
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She was swimming in shallow water at Waddy Point Beach on the eastern side of the island when the animal attacked her.
The youngster was bitten on her head and suffered puncture wounds around her ear as well as minor cuts to her hands.
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