Dingo victim Deb Rundle feared for her life in dingo attack


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A woman has said she feared for her life as she was attacked by a pack of dingoes in the Australian desert.

Deb Rundle, 54, had been eating lunch at Telfer mine site in the Pilbara region of Western Australia when a small dingo snatched her phone.

She went after it but soon noticed three other dingoes.

Despite her backing away, they attacked, tearing the flesh from her legs.

The mining worker told Channel Seven: “There was blood everywhere on the ground.

“I just looked at my wounds and ‘Oh my God’.

“I looked down and thought ‘Oh my God, am I going to die?, are they going to get me down?’.”

She said she screamed for 10 minutes before being saved by colleagues.

“They [the dingoes] just wouldn’t let go.

“I think once they had the taste they just didn’t let go.”

Ms Rundle will need reconstructive surgery to recover from her injuries, which include deep wounds to her legs.

A Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety spokeswoman said the attack occurred in a food consumption area of the mine site where Ms Rundle is believed to be a security worker.

Dingoes are native to Australia.

Bradley Smith from Central Queensland University recently completed a PhD on dingo behaviour and intelligence and has studied Telfer’s dingo population.

He told ABC Radio Perth: “There are about 100 living around the site which is quite a lot, normally one or two families or packs in the area, but this is quite a number of packs in the small area.

“They don’t think of us as prey,” he said.

“In most incidents that occur it’s around food and dingoes trying to get food off somebody.”

In 2012 a German man was savaged on Fraser island in Queensland, while a three-year-old and a South Korean woman were bitten in separate incidents the year before.

A nine-year-old boy was killed by dingoes in 2001.

But the most famous case was that of baby Azaria Chamberlain who was snatched by one in 1980.

Her mother spent three years in jail for her murder, but was released in 1986 when some of her daughter’s clothing was found near a dingo lair.

She fought for decades to clear her name and her case even inspired a film.

A coroner ruled in 2012 that Azaria was taken by a wild dog.

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