Boy, 2, rescued from claw machine at arcade after climbing in to grab a toy

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A determined toddler had to be rescued after he climbed in to retrieve a toy from inside a toy grabber machine.

The two-year-old had to be prized out by firefighters when he became stuck in the teddy picker game at the Sugarworld Shopping Centre in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

One image shows the boy — whose face has been blurred to protect his identity — inside the perspex box with his hands pressed against the walls as he waits for help to arrive.

A huge pile of toys and the crane used to pick them up as part of the game can be seen in the background.

He is believed to have gained access by sneaking through the opening where toys are deposited for winning players, according to the firemen.

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

Back in 2019, a similar incident in the UK saw three-year-old Noah Draper ignore the rules of the arcade crane game at a play centre and crawled in the moment mum Natalie’s back was turned.

The nightmare scene began when Natalie, 37, returned from taking his twin brother Joel to the toilet and heard another mum ask: “Is that your child in the machine?’’

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

Housekeeper Natalie, 37, said: “It was 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 got one for him. He didn’t need to go to such extreme lengths.’’

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