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Father rescues toddler from dingo's jaws on Australian tourist island

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What would have happened to the father if he had killed the dingo?

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That dingo looks an awful lot like my dog......

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The dingo ate my baby!

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Not sure why any parent would take their 14 month old baby to a remote part of a remote island inhabited by brown snakes, crocs (this time of year), great whites, and 200 dingoes.

Must've got the Rugrats confused with the Thornberrys.

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@nandakandamanda - What would have happened to the father if he had killed the dingo?

He would have been facing charges because these dingos are protected. However, due to the extenuating circumstances, the charges would have been dropped, of course.

I used to camp on Frazer Island every year for nearly twenty years. The dingos are always around. However, they are very timid and easily shied away. It is the fault of all the idiots feeding them that they have come to associate humans with food or, in this case, as food. There are warning signs everywhere and a lot of information on how to deal with them. This baby was taken from an open camper van. Why the van was left open defies logic. The other cases mentioned in the article involved people feeding them. I sincerely hope it does not result in a call to cull these animals. It is their island. It is the humans who are the intruders.

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@shinhiyata Not sure why any parent would take their 14 month old baby to a remote part of a remote island inhabited by brown snakes, crocs (this time of year), great whites, and 200 dingoes...

Sorry to tell you there are no crocs there nor great whites there..

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They don't close the doors?

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There was some story in my head about some parents claiming their two month baby girl was eaten by dingo's which I think after decades was proven to be wrong. The mother was charged with murder and spend three years in prison until a piece of the child's clothing was found in the dingo liar.

Probably not the best location for a vacation with very young child who might even need emergency medical treatment.

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It's a beautiful part of the world.

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北人生

Sorry to tell you there are no crocs there nor great whites there.

Either you work for a Queensland travel agency or...

thou dost possesseth a wealth of ignorance.

telegraph.co.uk/travel/galleries/most-dangerous-beaches-in-the-world/fraser/

theculturetrip.com/pacific/australia/articles/this-is-the-number-one-most-dangerous-beach-in-the-world/

smartertravel.com/tips-fraser-island-warnings-dangers-stay-safe/

frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news/fraser-coast-crocodile-sighting-statistics-reveale/3614551/

Why would they install croc warning signs on Fraser Island if there were none?

Not only great whites, but bulls and tiger sharks, too.

Irukandji, goanas, blue bottle jellyfish, large pythons, and funnel web spiders, oh my.

Sounds like a great place to take the toddlers and get back in the food chain.

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This is the same Island where 2 Japanese boys drowned last month. This baby was lucky. It seems a dangerous Island for a tourist.

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What would have happened to the father if he had killed the dingo?

Under the circumstances, nothing. But I'm surprised that this was the first thing that occurred to you. Although if the father had tried to shoot a dingo while it was dragging a child, he would have put the child at risk.

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zichi,

You're thinking of the Azaria Chamberlain case in 1980. The baby Azaria was in fact taken by a dingo, but the mother, Lindy Chamberlain, was charged with murder and served time in jail before the case was reopened and a further investigation found her to be innocent. Her husband was also found guilty of being an accessory, but also had his conviction overturned. Both received financial compensation from the Govt.

A lot of the presumption of guilt was based on the fact that Lindy Chamberlain was perceived by the public and media not to have behaved in the way they expected a grieving mother should behave - i.e. she was controlled, didn't cry on camera etc. She was also fringe religious - 7th Day Adventist - and even that counted against her. The Baby Azaria case has served as a reminder since then of the malign power of public and press opinion and the danger dingoes can pose to small children, and has also been the basis of many, many really rubbish dingo jokes.

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The dingo ate my baby!

+1 for anyone who gets the reference!

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@shinhiyata

Not sure why any parent would take their 14 month old baby to a remote part of a remote island inhabited by brown snakes, crocs (this time of year), great whites, and 200 dingoes.

Fraser Island is one of the wonders of Australia, millions of tourists visit every year.

It doesn't have crocs, brown snakes is not an endemic specie, great whites are in the sea (not on the island), but yes it has dingoes, some of the purest strand of dingoes live on the island.

The reason it is such a draw card is because of its natural wonders, like the fact it is entirely formed of sand, the forests are thousands of years old, pure clean fresh water streams and perched lakes, and of course the fishing is great.

It is also constantly changing because of the sand, and is why families will visit the island many times during their life time.

It is also close to Brisbane and therefore a good place for family to go camping. The 4wd beach driving is terrific, not to mention uncrowded surf and beach activities like swimming in champagne pools or digging for pippies etc. You could be on it for weeks and not be bored or feel the crowd. You should visit it, beats Totori sand dunes...

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@zichi

There was some story in my head about some parents claiming their two month baby girl was eaten by dingo's

Yes that's at another major tourist attraction, Uluru, but used to be called Ayer's Rock.

The parents are now vindicated and free.

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The parents sound as if they are imbeciles.

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“What would have happened to the father if he had killed the dingo?”

@Ah_so - Under the circumstances, nothing. But I'm surprised that this was the first thing that occurred to you. Although if the father had tried to shoot a dingo while it was dragging a child, he would have put the child at risk.

if he had shot the dingo he would have been arrested for having firearms on Fraser Island.

Oh, and the person with the croc fetish really needs to update his knowledge. There are no crocs on Fraser Island. They don’t come any further south than Gladstone.

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Joe, we get the reference (which is cited more overseas) but your comments are still insensitive given the fact a child could have been killed.

I’m sure most of my countrymen would agree.

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@shinhiyata

北人生

Sorry to tell you there are no crocs there nor great whites there.

Either you work for a Queensland travel agency or...

thou dost possesseth a wealth of ignorance.

Hey its great to see you can translate my username totally impressed with your skills...Got a question for you have you ever been there?

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Canines undergo nuisance tourists, move over dingo souls.

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So last month when the article came out about 2 Japanese boys drowning in a lake on Fraser Island, one commenter came on here saying they could have been running away from dingos. People on here were heavily criticizing that person as if dingos were cute little puppy dogs and hardly existed. What do you think now?

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Ah_so - Apr. 19 05:11 pm JST - What would have happened to the father if he had killed the dingo?

Under the circumstances, nothing. But I'm surprised that this was the first thing that occurred to you. Although if the father had tried to shoot a dingo while it was dragging a child, he would have put the child at risk.

The question was, "What would have happened to the father if he had killed the dingo?"

I'm surprised that you jumped to the conclusion that the father would "shoot a dingo". You can kill a dingo with a stout stick, or tire iron.

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+1 for anyone who gets the reference!

That was my first thought after thinking that I hope the baby is okay.

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So last month when the article came out about 2 Japanese boys drowning in a lake on Fraser Island, one commenter came on here saying they could have been running away from dingos. People on here were heavily criticizing that person as if dingos were cute little puppy dogs and hardly existed. What do you think now?

As I said at the time, and nothing in this article disproves this, dingoes do not attack grown humans. They're opportunistic hunters and scavengers and they'll go for babies and small children. This was a baby. The two boys drowned at Fraser Island were sixteen years old, far too large for dingoes to tackle.

Do you see the difference?

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