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Dingo savages German tourist in Australia

The Local · 28 Jul 2012, 14:17

Published: 28 Jul 2012 14:17 GMT+02:00

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The 23-year-old was attacked by the wild dog after straying from a campsite on Fraser Island, popular with tourists, early on Saturday and falling asleep at a nearby walking track, national parks officials said.

He was airlifted to hospital with serious wounds to his head, arms and legs, said regional parks manager Ross Belcher.

"This incident serves as an ongoing reminder that dingoes are wild animals and need to be treated as such," said Belcher.

Fraser Island, off the Queensland coast, is known for its dingo population and a nine-year-old boy was killed by by one of the dogs there in 2001.

There have been several non-fatal attacks on the island. Last year a three-year-old girl and a South Korean woman were bitten in separate incidents.

A teenager had her sleeping bag shredded by a dingo as she was sleeping at a lodge in tropical Kakadu earlier this month, just weeks after a landmark ruling that baby Azaria Chamberlain was snatched in 1980 by one of the wild dogs.

Chamberlain's mother spent three years in jail convicted of her murder, but was released in 1986 when some of her daughter's clothing was recovered by chance near a dingo lair.

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She fought for decades to clear her name in a sensational case which spawned a Meryl Streep film.


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00:25 July 29, 2012 by Chatbell
The tourist was intoxicaed and fell asleep on a bush track ..If tourists cannot act responsibly then stay away, you are not welcome..Now because of the stupiity of ths person more animals will be destroyed. This is dingo territory, not a playground..The previous government almost wiped out the threatened Fraser Island Dingo with their continued culling..There is currently a review of their management strategy. Hopefully it will find in favour of our Iconic dingo and implement a policy of making visitors responsible for their thoughtless actions....Chery B. Fraser Island..Qld. Australia
02:17 July 29, 2012 by Ozichick
@ Chatbell - I assume that your anger at "the stupidity" of an overseas tourist also applies to Australian tourists in other countries when they are maimed or killed through acts of "irresponsible" behavior. I have seen the most appalling behavior displayed by Australians overseas who think that they are being amusing simply by means of their nationality. Wrong! The rest of the world sees them for what they are: obnoxious bogans devoid of intelligence and culture.
02:32 July 29, 2012 by Chatbell
I am referring to any idiot that acts irresponsibly. I don't remember mentioning nationality, as you have ...
02:48 July 29, 2012 by Ozichick
@ Chatbell - "...If tourists cannot act responsibly, then stay away...you are not welcome."

Your words, not mine
04:02 July 29, 2012 by Chatbell
Exactly.."tourists"...perhaps you do not understand the definition of tourist and I don't have the time or inclination to explain it..I have sent a Media Release to Local/National and International press in order to bring awarenes regarding the plight of our dingo and the bad behaviour of visitors, which is jeopardizing their survival. You obviously have personal insecurities that I have no interest in. This is not about you, but about the conservation of a species. I suggest you put your energy to something useful...
04:52 July 29, 2012 by Dingosimon
Once again we have foreign tourists camping in K'gari, the Butchulla peoples camping ground were tourists are welcome to learn about their Culture.

Before they arrive on Fraser Island all these tourists have been given information by the Qld Govt on how to behave when ever dingoes are in close proximity .

The ones that ignore these warnings put themselves at risk of being injured.

It is common knowledge that many tourists at this particular camping ground resort to drinking excessively at night , play games and also encourage the camp dingoes to come in close to feed or take photo's.

Such stupid foolishness will end badly. These people are camping in a remote part of the Island that is surround by wildlife, so one has to be very aware of their surroundings.

It has now been revealed that this person wandered away from the camp site around 2am and fell asleep on a dirt road about 2kms away. It is alleged he tried to climb up a tree to escape , but the branch broke, he fell down and hurt himself before being bitten by 3 dingoes.

There has been no mention of alcohol or drug usage in any media so far, but what fool would wander off at 2am from a well lit camping site that has shower and toilet facilities and get " disorientated " and fall asleep on a road if not influenced by some form of drug?

There is no mention of who found him and when, but looking at the video of him being airlifted by helicopter he was removed off the Island before midday.

I look at all the money that has been wasted by AGL Rescue Helicopter, the emergency services and the Medical team at the Hospital he was taken too because of his blatant STUPIDITY.

The Tour Guides have a responsibility to be looking out for their tourists, but more so these tourists have to take responsibility for their own actions.

You enter this Island at your own risk. It is a very beautiful and stunning Island, a Mecca for many people who marvel at what it has to offer, but if you go wandering off in the middle of the night in a wilderness area, you have no one to blame but yourself.

Fraser Island is the dingoes home, but with 500,000 tourists visiting each year puts a lot of pressure on the environment.

Personally I believe these Two Day Tourists have to be managed better, not the dingoes. And killing dingoes because tourists refuse to behave accordingly is certainly not the answer, as the Fraser Island Dingo is now heading towards extinction.
08:15 July 29, 2012 by melbournite
"A spokeswoman for the National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said the 23-year-old, who is in a stable condition at Harvey Bay Hospital, was unable to accurately identify the dingoes that mauled him early yesterday morning.

She said park rangers would therefore not destroy any of the animals."

So, yay! Fraser Island is absolutely beautiful. There are signs about dingos up everywhere. It is wonderful (even for Australians like me) to see them in the wild.

Part of the problem is how tourism has been commodified. You cant really buy a tourist package like a hamburger. Nature doesnt always do what we want it to do.
08:38 July 29, 2012 by Chatbell
Hi Melbournite, can you please send me a link to this article on our facebook site?


Thx ..Cheryl
12:27 July 29, 2012 by Neal J. King
I'm sure part of the reason tourists visit this island is to experience the wildlife.

But just as with crocs, you've got to use common sense. The only completely safe environment is a padded cell.
22:48 July 29, 2012 by melbournite
Hi Cheryl, I see you already have that article on your facebook page. I saw it in The Age. cheers, Tony
11:49 July 30, 2012 by wenddiver
I agree with the Dingos, tourists are irritating and should be savaged.
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