Port Macquarie siblings, Eathan Watts and Sarah Kirkman are on a mission of compassion after saving a dingo pup from parasites and dehydration.
The pair rescued the stricken dingo baby at Mount Boss near Wauchope while camping.
"I was driving down the hill in my car and she was laying down in the shade of a tree. She was just skin and bones, covered in sores, ants and ticks," said Ms Kirkman.
"I took her back to camp and gave her some food because she had only a few hours left to live.
"I thought I'd bring her home and ask my brother to help her because she wasn't going to survive.
"When she regained her strength people asked if we would keep her but that would be like caging a wedge-tailed eagle, it would just be wrong."
After nursing her back to health alongside Mr Watts' dog, Odin, the pair named her 'Barkala', an indigenous word for shady tree.
Mr Watts now has a plan to have the pup tested as a pure blood dingo and driven to Bargo Dingo Sanctuary for a new life with its own kind.
"They told me that they cannot take a dingo based on its looks and they have to have DNA testing as a one hundred percent dingo origin," he said.
"The way she moves as a puppy is different to a domesticated dog, she seems very coordinated for her age and can't be contained in a puppy pen. She makes yips and howls instead of barking.
"If she is a pure dingo and I got spend time with a pure dingo, it has been amazing.
"If there's any chance she can help her species that would be a massive, massive thing. To domesticate something that is so wild and free would just be heart-breaking."
Bargo Dingo Sanctuary president Lucille Ellem said it is increasingly rare to find pure dingoes with no dog genes.
"It takes several weeks through checking DNA to see if the animal has any dog genes, which is used to recognise if the dingo is pure," she said.
"The member of the public pays for the testing. Anyone is allowed to own a dingo but we do not recommend it because they do not make good pets. They do not live like a normal dog, when they get to 14 months of age they want to roam and cause trouble.
"They (Eathan and Sarah) really need to keep the animal safe at the moment because it might start wanting to climb and go somewhere.
"Dingo pups can be found with mange (skin disease) through stress and we have had dingoes as babies found walking when the rest of their pack is poisoned from government 1080 baiting.
"It's important to save them because with the amount of hybrids that are out there, in years to come generations of people may never see a dingo.
"We have not had any pure dingoes come out of the Port Macquarie or Wauchope region at the moment. We had one from Queensland and two white dingoes from the Northern Territory recently."
For Australian Wildlife Needing Aid (FAWNA) rescues and rehabilitates injured, orphaned and distressed native wildlife on the Mid North Coast. Group president Meredith Ryan said dealing with dingoes and non-native animals in the Hastings can be a tricky situation.
"Dingoes are not protected in NSW and they are regarded as a feral animal," she said.
"The dingo is the only native mammal that is not protected in NSW, but you cannot let it escape which is the main thing.
"We cannot release dingoes and if one came in we would be in a situation of finding someone who would keep it. They are very few and far between.
"Most likely it is a cross-bred but because it is from Mount Boss it is perhaps more likely to be a pure bred.
"We are not permitted to take into care non-native animals and unfortunately everyone (agencies) run for cover for non-natives. Nobody wants to accept responsibility for them."
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