Like a warped version of “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” Chinese kids have been getting stuck in the darndest places this year. Our faith in paramedics and rescue officers has been reaffirmed whilst compiling this list of increasingly bizzare rescues (often involving understandably hysterical children and worried parents). Without further ado, here are our top 10:
10. Teenager gets stuck in between two buildings while retrieving his PSP
We agree with CNN on this one, this story just highlights how far people are willing to go for technology. (Although this seems vaguely rational when compared to that couple who were accused of selling their baby online for an iphone.)
09. Girl gets her head stuck between in a window grating
This little girl found herself dangling from a window grating on what looks like the second or third floor of an apartment building. Just the photo of her dangling against the apartment wall from her neck makes us squeamish. Thankfully, she was rescued by her neighbors.
08. Another girl gets her head stuck in a window grating
See No. 9 above, except this girl was hanging from the fourth floor.
07. Baby gets stuck in the spin-dryer of a washing machine
We don’t know how or why, but after watching this video one thing is for sure, his parents will definitely need a new washing machine.
06. Boy rescued from well
It seems that getting stuck in wells is its own accident sub-genre with lots of people regularly falling into wells all over China. This kid should count himself lucky; He was discovered and rescued safely the day of his accident – unlike these six people who died in a Jiangxi well or this Henan woman who miraculously survived after being trapped in a well for 15 days.
05. Girl gets stuck in massage table
This girl got herself into this predicament while at the beauty salon her mother works at in Jiangsu province. Don’t worry though, this story ends with a happy ending (pun not intended), rescuers cut through the table, eventually freeing her.
04. Toddler gets finger stuck in airplane TV screen.
Although this story only relates to a finger, it is ranks pretty highly due to the financial repercussions of this accident. The China Eastern flight the child injured himself on was rerouted back to Melbourne for medical help, costing the airline a cool three million RMB.
03. Boy gets his leg stuck in a squat toilet.
This three year old boy had an “accident,” trapping his leg while using the bathroom in South-West China. This case is of particular interest as it involved hypnosis. Well, kind of; the poor boy had to be wrapped in a towel and cradled to sleep so that he wouldn’t be frightened during the rescue.
02. Kid gets stuck in between walls because … Hide and Seek.
We empathize with the reason for this child’s predicament. Total commitment to hiding during a game of hide and seek. The boy, from Zhejiang province, noticed a gap between two buildings and “kept squeezing himself deeper and deeper to hide from friends.” But then, his head got stuck. Classic.
01. Newborn baby found in sewer pipes.
This baby was discovered after residents heard crying from a squat toilet. Amazingly, the baby was saved after firefighters cut out the section of the sewage pipe the baby was trapped in. Medical staff then carefully removed the baby. It was later discovered that the mother had flushed the baby down the toilet as she could not afford an abortion. Thankfully, the “rescue prompted an outpouring from strangers who came to the hospital with nappies, clothing, powdered milk and offers to adopt him.”