GEORGE TOWN: An Australian tourist and her three-year-old son who went crab hunting at the Batu Ferringhi beach had the shock of their lives when a pack of dogs charged at them.
Executive assistant Miranda Tullock, 39, and her son Max had earlier spotted the five dogs on the rocks “at least 200m away” but did not think they were a threat.
“We have dogs back home so we weren't afraid of them,” said Miranda.
“Suddenly, the dogs charged at us,” she said. “On their hind legs, they could easily tower over Max.
“I didn't even have time to think and Max just screamed. I thought we were surely going to be bitten because the dogs were so aggressive,” she said at the Golden Sands Resort yesterday.
Miranda said she picked Max up and lifted him high above her head. “There was no way both of us could have outrun the dogs,” she added.
Fortunately, some locals and tourists nearby helped the mother and son.
“I was traumatised and in tears,” said Miranda.
“Batu Ferringhi is a popular tourist area so we definitely did not expect this. I hope the local authorities can do more to help ensure the safety of visitors to the beach,” she said.
Her husband David, who was in his room at the time, said Miranda was badly shaken.
He also urged the local authorities to “take a serious look” at the water sports zoning areas.
David said the swimming area was just too narrow and dangerous.
“The parasailing ropes dangle just above the water where people swim,” he said.
The family, who arrived here last Monday, will be here for two-and-a-half-weeks before heading to Kuala Lumpur. - theStarOnline