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Child suffers leg injuries after being mauled by dingo on Fraser Island

A six-year-old boy has been recovering in hospital following a vicious encounter with a pack of dingoes on Fraser Island.

Michael Schipanski suffered multiple bites to his legs on Saturday when a pack of dingoes ambushed the child on his way back to his family’s campsite on the eastern side of the island at Eurong.

It’s understood the boy – who was on holiday from Cairns – ran to the top of a sand dune following a swim at the beach, and caught the eye of four dingoes, with one of them taking a few bites of his leg.

The boy was flown by rescue helicopter to Hervey Bay Hospital on Saturday evening for treatment. According to The Courier-Mail, Schipanski underwent surgery “to clean the wounds to prevent the risk of infection and was kept in overnight for assessment”.

The attack comes after a 25-year-old woman was injured after being bitten on the arm by a dingo at Fraser Island’s Lake Mackenzie in July 2017.

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