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2-year-old boy rescued from arcade claw machine after climbing in to grab toy

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A toddler desperate to retrieve her favorite toy from a claw machine finally had to be rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in the popular arcade game

A determined toddler had to be rescued after climbing inside to retrieve a toy from a toy gripping machine.

The two-year-old had to be rescued by firefighters when he got stuck playing teddy pickers at Sugarworld mall in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

One picture shows the boy – whose face was blurred to protect his identity – in the perspex box, his hands pressed against the walls as he waits for help to arrive.

In the background is a huge pile of toys and the crane used to pick it up as part of the game.

He is believed to have gained entry by sneaking through the opening where toys for winning players are dumped, according to firefighters.

Paramedics were also at the scene, although the boy escaped unharmed, reports 7 News.

In a similar incident in the UK in 2019, three-year-old Noah Draper ignored the rules of the arcade crane game at a play center and crawled just as mum turned her back on Natalie.

The nightmare scene began when Natalie, 37, returned after taking his twin brother Joel to the bathroom and heard another mother ask, “Is that your child in the machine?”

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It took staff 10 minutes to open the game by picking three padlocks.

Housekeeper Natalie, 37, said: “It’s been the most terrifying 10 minutes of my life.

“All he wanted was a teddy bear. If he had asked me for the money, I would have gotten him some. He didn’t have to make such extreme efforts.”

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