A toddler has been attacked and bitten by a dingo on a remote beach in Western Australia’s north.
It is believed the little girl was not badly injured in the incident at Cape Leveque, 200km north of Broome.
The two-year-old girl is understood to have been bitten through her nappy while her family was having a picnic on the beach.
A spokesperson for the wilderness camp Kooljarman at Camp Leveque told Australian Associated Press that the girl’s distressed parents chased the dingo away after the attack that broke the child’s skin but did not draw blood. The spokesperson added that staff were also distressed by the incident.
Christine Dwyer, the girl’s mother, told ABC radio that the dingo tried to drag her daughter backwards but “only got six inches”.
“She tried to crawl away and was crying, and it just ran back in and grabbed her on the back and buttocks,” Ms Dwyer said.
Resort staff had been very helpful, assisting with the family’s safety from the dingo and taking them to nurses to clean up scratches and puncture wounds, she said.
The Shire of Broome said rangers had located and shot one dingo but were unable to find the one believed to have bitten the youngster.
The attack comes nearly 36 years after Azaria Chamberlain case which attracted the attention of the nation. Azaria was killed by a dingo in Uluru and her mother Lindy was convicted of murder and jailed. Lindy was released after three years when that original decision was overturned.
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