Man, 72, rushed to hospital with serious injuries from ‘horrific’ goanna attack

A 72-year-old man is recovering in hospital from serious injuries after being attacked by a goanna while trying to protect his pet dog. Source: Twitter/ RACQ CQ Rescue

A 72-year-old man was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after being attacked by a goanna while trying to save his pet dog near their home in north Queensland.

The husband and his wife were involved in what is being described as a “horrific” and “freak” attack on Thursday afternoon while walking their dog at Shute Harbour in the Whitsunday region, the RACQ CQ Rescue reports. While attempting to protect his pet the man was significantly injured by the goanna which latched onto his arm and leg causing severe bleeding and considerable pain.

His wife also injured during the attack, with bites to her leg from the goanna. Both were transported to hospital for medical attention. Despite their efforts the dog could not be saved and sadly died due to its injuries.

“The 72-year-old man and his wife were attempting to rescue their pet which was being attacked by the goanna near their home about 3.30pm, when the reptile suddenly turned on them, latching onto the man’s right arm and leg as well as biting the woman’s leg,” RACQ CQ Rescue said in statement.

“RACQ CQ Rescue, with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board, was airborne within 15 minutes of receiving the call and landed at the Whitsunday Airport helipad at 5pm. The man suffered a very serious laceration and possible fracture of his right forearm as well as severe bleeding from his leg wound. He was in considerable pain and was flown to Mackay Base Hospital, arriving at 6.40pm to undergo surgery.”

They added: “His wife was taken to Proserpine hospital by ambulance for treatment. Unfortunately the poor dog didn’t survive the attack. Please join us in sending our best wishes to this poor couple after such a horrific and freak ordeal.”

Messages of support have been sent to the couple as they recover from their injuries with many taking to social media with their best wishes and condolences for the loss of their beloved dog.

“Wishing you both a speedy recovery and my deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved fur baby,” one person wrote on Facebook.

Another added: “What an unusual and unlucky event. Only in Aus. Hope they are recovering.” While a third added: “Very unfortunate and traumatic for the couple while walking with their dog. RIP to their beloved dog. Sending lots of get well wishes.”

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