'Fraser dingo was hit by car'

This dingo, photographed dead at Fraser Island, had been previously observed to be emaciated.
This dingo, photographed dead at Fraser Island, had been previously observed to be emaciated. Submitted

AN INDEPENDENT autopsy on a dingo found on Fraser Island has concluded that it died after being hit by a car and did not starve.

Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones said the findings put LNP MPs Glen Elmes and Ted Sorensen to shame.

“These two MPs jumped the gun on this story and now it’s blown up in their faces,” she said.

“We had both of them falling over themselves to get a headline and their three seconds on radio.

“They accused the State Government of starving the dingoes to death.

“Mr Elmes even went so far as to write an urgent letter to me saying: ‘It is plain to see from the photographs and the TV footage over the weekend that this pup was severely malnourished and more than likely died of starvation or as a result of complications associated with starvation’.”

“The autopsy carried out on this particular dingo exposes Mr Elmes (the opposition sustainability spokesperson) and Mr Sorensen for what they truly are – environmental frauds.”

Hitting back, Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorenson said Ms Jones was “once again kidding herself”.

“All she needs to do is go over to Fraser Island tomorrow and see first-hand that the dingoes are starving,” he said.

“The fact that the autopsy report revealed that this dingo only had pippis, small crab claws and sand in its stomach shows what they have to try and live on. The poor bugger probably didn’t have the energy to get out of the way of the vehicle that supposedly hit him.”

Maryborough veterinarian David Jameson’s report found that the juvenile dingo was not starving and had instead suffered a number of serious injuries.

“The dingo had a fractured skull, ruptures to several vital organs and large haematomas to the abdominal and chest cavities,” he reported.

The minister said it was obvious these injuries were entirely consistent with being struck by a vehicle which unfortunately is known to happen on Fraser.

Dingo supporters refused yesterday to be quoted on the minister’s statement and are instead waiting to read the report.

They claim that they never said the dingo died of starvation but that they were concerned it was badly malnourished.

Ms Jones addressed this in her statement revealing that the autopsy report showed the dingo was in good condition and weighed in at nearly 15 kilograms – “overweight for a 10-month-old such as this dingo”.

“That’s the weight of a typical adult dingo,” she said.

Mr Jameson’s autopsy said in part that the dingo had good lean muscle mass and was not “emaciated”.

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