An elderly couple was attacked in Australia by a goanna as they tried to stop it from savaging their dog, emergency officials said on Thursday 15th August.
The man, in his 70s, was said to have sustained significant injuries and was airlifted to hospital after the incident in north-eastern Queensland.
The woman, in her 60s, was also taken to hospital with an injury to her foot.
The couple's dog, a long-haired Jack Russell cross, was seriously injured.
Goannas are large reptiles that can grow up to 2m (6.5ft) in length, though most varieties are under 1m, and rarely attack humans.