An elderly couple from Queensland is in stable condition after being attacked by a goanna while walking their dog on Thursday.
The 72-year-old man suffered serious injuries to his arms and legs due to the attack, which had the potential to be potentially lethal, according to Shane Tucker, supervisor of senior operations for Queensland Ambulance.
"He was breaking an attack on his dog – he was saving his dog," Tucker said. "He had rather significant injuries to his arm and leg and had some blood loss."
The man was taken to hospital by CQ Rescue and is in stable condition. The dog, a Jack Russell, had previously died but ABC reported Friday night that the dog had survived.
The injured woman said the news of her dog's survival was "the best news I heard all day".
Tucker told the media that the attack on the goanna, which occurred at Flametree near Airlie Beach, was "definitely out of the ordinary", and the man was fortunate to be in stable condition, given the danger.
"Because of the claws of the goanna, I imagine it would have the potential for significant injuries, even life-threatening."
A spokesperson for CQ Rescue he told ABC it was "a horrible and strange ordeal".
"The reptile suddenly turned on them, clinging to the arm and right leg of the man and biting the woman's leg.
"The man suffered a very severe laceration and a possible fracture of the right forearm, as well as severe bleeding from the wound in his leg. He suffered greatly. "