As parents, there isn't much we wouldn't do for our children when it comes to their safety and well-being. After all, it's biologically ingrained in our brains to protect our little offspring. For a father on vacation in Australia, those protective instincts were put to the test when his 14-month-old son was dragged away in the middle of the night by a pack of dingoes.
It's a scary thought to think about waking up to the sound of your baby's cry growing more and more distant. This 14-month-old's father experienced that gut-wrenching fear when he and the rest of the family were camping at a popular tourist spot in Australia. With the baby's mother and 4-year-old sister still asleep, the dad woke up to the ear-piercing sound of his son's cry but his son was nowhere to be found. As the boy's cries grew distant, the father searched quickly inside the campervan before realizing the cries were actually coming from outside.
Rushing out of the campervan, the father saw his 14-month-old being dragged away by a dingo who had bitten the boy's neck in order to drag him to the bushes. Without a second thought, the dad ran to his son regardless of the fact that there were other dingoes lurking nearby. The dingoes were not impressed at his intrusion and fought for their dinner. Fighting off the pack of dingoes, the father managed to unlatch the jaws from his child's neck before escaping and getting the boy some medical attention.
Paramedics arrived at the scene and found the child had two deep punctures in his neck from where the dingo sunk his teeth in to drag him away. He was airlifted to Hervey Bay Hospital at roughly 3 am but at around 8 am, it was found that the boy suffered from a fractured skull as well and was quickly transferred to Queensland's Children's Hospital in Brisbane. Sources report that "it is understood the animal was able to squeeze under a canvas doorway" to access the child and then pull the child back through the same entry. The 14-month-old boy is thought to be recovering well thanks to his father's bravery.