Girl, 5, saves baby from dingo in hotel

Nov. 10, 2004 at 7:27 AM
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FRASER ISLAND, Australia, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A 5-year-old Australian girl who planted herself between her infant sister and a dingo that entered the family hotel room is being credited as a hero.

Belinda Corke told the Australian Broadcasting Corp., her daughter Georgia was alone in the room on Fraser Island with her 3-month-old sister Wednesday when the dingo came in through the slightly open patio doors.

The 5-year-old had to scream several times to alert her parents, and kept moving to keep herself between the wild dog and her sister on the bed, just two feet away.

"I heard my 5-year-old daughter starting to scream when I was in the bathroom," Corke said. "And then my husband sort of heard her shouting, 'Dingo! Dingo'!"

Corke said it took a while for her husband to shoo the dog out, but it eventually fled through the patio door.

Three years ago, a 9-year-old boy was mauled to death on the island by a pack of dingoes, a wolf-like wild dog that migrated from Southeast Asia millions of years ago.

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