By , Amanda Woods
Published May 24, 2019
A mischievous three-year-old boy in the UK really wanted a teddy bear — so badly that he climbed into an arcade claw machine to grab one, and got trapped, according to a new report.
Natalie Draper, 37, brought her son Noah to an indoor play center in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, on Wednesday, The Sun reported.
The tot never asked his mother for the stuffed animal — but he apparently had his sights set on it, she said.
“I had taken his brother, Joel, to the toilet and left Noah playing with his friend for a matter of minutes,” Draper told the outlet. “But when I came back, a lady grabbed me and asked if ‘that was my child in there’ — to which I replied, ‘In where?’”
“As soon as she said ‘the machine,’ I rushed over to take a look and could see Noah had climbed into the crane and got himself stuck!”
The machine was operated by a third-party company, so the arcade didn’t have the keys, according to the report. In a 10-minute ordeal, employees finally broke three padlocks and rescued the sneaky toddler.
His mother described it as the “most terrifying 10 minutes” of her life.
Miraculously, Noah was not hurt, according to the report.
“Now that I know he is safe and unharmed, I can’t stop laughing at what happened,” his mother told the outlet. “But he came out completely unscathed, thankfully, and an ‘Out of Order’ sign was placed on the machine.”
“All he wanted was a teddy bear,” she added. “If he’d asked me for the money, I would have got one for him. He didn’t need to go to such extreme lengths!”