A MAN flown to Bundaberg after being bitten by a pig was moments away from putting the beast out of its misery.
Ricki Krause was hunting near Eidsvold on Thursday morning when his dogs trapped a 100kg-plus hog.
But as Mr Krause neared the feral animal, it tossed the dogs aside and attacked his arm.
The pig latched onto Mr Krause's hand and pulverised flesh and bone until he broke free and killed it.
Mr Krause's mother, Bev Krause, said it was lucky her son was hunting with best mate Raymond Blucher.
"Luckily Raymond was with him because I don't think he would have been able to get to the doctor on his own," Mrs Krause said.
The bite caused multiple fractures to Mr Krause's hand and severe injuries to his thumb.
The Bundaberg RACQ Careflight Rescue helicopter was called to fly Mr Krause from the Eidsvold Medical Centre to Bundaberg Hospital.
A spokeswoman for the emergency service said in addition to the fractures in his hand, Mr Krause had suffered severe tissue damage in his thumb.
Queensland Government senior ranger Wayne Sparrow said feral pigs could be vicious animals. "And when they are cornered they will lash out in an unpredictable manner," Mr Sparrow said.
"Normally the boars will use their tusks to rip, but if they bite they can hang on and not let go."
Mrs Krause said her son had been operated on.
"They are waiting to see if there will be any infection from the bite," she said.