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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  • Dingos are wild animals – they’re dangerous.


  • Very lucky the baby wasn’t taken away by the dingo.So reminds us of Lindy and her baby.


  • How very scary for the family! Not happy to read they went out and shot a dingo, not knowing if it was the culprit or not.


  • Terrible, really! I would have never thought that dingoes can attack people like that. But yes, remembering the case of that mother in Uluru… it can happen. Sad!


  • Sad for the little girl and her family, it must have been terrifying for them.

    I am however appalled at the fact that the rangers just shot a random dingo – I guess to show the community that they are trying to do something about it? Pretty sure most dingo’s look very similar so it would be hard to tell which one it was exactly – maybe do something to ensure that humans and dingos in that area can be in the same location safely? Rather than killing an animal who is probably just trying to survive in an area that it felt safe in before we took over their habitats.


  • This is terrifying!! Thank goodness the child wasn’t badly hurt.


  • Like it


  • Glad the little girl is ok but was it necessary to shoot dingos when they weren’t even the one that bit her?? Isn’t it their home?


  • My goodness. How very scarey.
    I wonder why they shot the dingo that wasn’t responsible though


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