Another child has been bitten by a dingo on Queensland’s Fraser Island,
A four-year-old boy suffered two small red marks and a graze to his thigh. He did not require medical assistance.
It is the second attack in the area in as many weeks.
The Department of Environment and Science said two boys, aged four and five, were near a car at a home in Orchid Beach, when they were approached by the dingo. The ABC reports that the dingo sniffed the older boy before the younger boy was bitten on the thigh as the pair ran towards the house.
The boys’ parents managed to chase the dingo away into the bush following the incident.
The ABC reports that Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers are trying to determine which dingo was involved.
It is the third instance of a dingo attacking a child at Orchid Beach this year, and the second in weeks.
In April, a two-year-old boy was flown to hospital after being attacked by a dingo, and another child suffered minor injuries to his knee and hand after being bitten back in February.
Rangers are warning people that a pack of dingoes in the Orchid Beach area is approaching people for food.
“It’s believed the dingo pack has been inadvertently or deliberately fed by residents and visitors, and has lost its natural wariness of people,” the environment department said in a statement. “People are reminded to be dingo safe and not to feed or interact with dingoes, as this can contribute to their habituation and cause them to become aggressive while seeking food.
Breeding season for dingoes is between March and May on the island, meaning the animals are at their most aggressive as they move about looking for mates.