An aged couple in Australia had been injured in an assault by a goanna lizard whereas making an attempt to save lots of their canine from the large reptile. A 72-year-old man suffered extreme lacerations and heavy blood loss within the assault which occurred in Flametree, close to Airlie Beach in Queensland, on August 15.
The CQ Rescue service stated the big reptile “suddenly turned on them” and latched onto the person’s arm, in addition to biting the lady, throughout “a horrific and freak ordeal,” in accordance to ABC. The couple’s canine, reported to be a Jack Russell cross named Lily, was severely injured however survived the assault. Earlier stories acknowledged the canine had died.
“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,” a spokesperson for the rescue service added.
Queensland Ambulance Service Senior Operations Supervisor Shane Tucker informed The Guardian: “He was breaking up an attack on his dog—he was rescuing his dog. He has had quite significant injuries to his arm and leg and has had some blood loss.”
The man was airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital for therapy, GQ Rescue stated on Twitter, whereas his spouse was despatched the Proserpine Hospital. Both are in a secure situation.
Speaking to ABC, Tucker stated the 72-year-old man was fortunate to haven’t been extra critically injured throughout the assault by the lizard, some species of which might develop to greater than 8 ft (2.4 meters) in size.
“I would imagine it could have the potential for some significant, even life-threatening, injuries due to the nature of the animal,” Tucker stated. “I believe they are quite an aggressive animal. Any wild animal that is cornered is going to protect itself. Definitely out of the ordinary. Sounds like he’s quite lucky, however, to have sustained the injuries that he has and still be in a stable condition.”
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary reptile keeper Dave Ryan stated the most effective recommendation if anybody sees a goanna is to go away it alone. “They have very sharp claws that they use for climbing trees and scratching open termite mounds…but razor-sharp teeth,” he stated.
“They will scratch your arms up, but the bite is far worse than any of the scratches, those razor-sharp teeth just open you up very, very easily. With habitat loss and building of more suburban areas a lot of these animals are getting pushed into smaller and smaller locations where they’re competing more for food, food becomes scarce, so then they have to disperse back into those suburban areas.”