A toddler in Brazil who was playing at a construction site where his father was working managed to get his head stuck between two metal poles.
The boy, 2-year-old Arthur Gardine, was playing at a family gathering in Serra, southeast Brazil, when it happened. His father, Rodrigo Gardine, found him standing there on one side of the two poles and his head on the other side, apparently stuck.
Gardine, tried everything he could think of to get his son free.
He tried lifting him up horizontally to see if the poles were farther apart in different spots as well as pushing his head all the way to the ground, but to no avail.
He called in the boy’s uncle and grandfather to help, and together they tried to pry the bars apart and push the boy’s head through.
Rodrigo even thought of contacting the local fire department to come and help.
While the three men were trying to get poor Arthur free, the boy’s grandmother, Celia, was filming the entire episode.
Finally, after two hours of pulling, pushing, squeezing, lifting and whatever else they could think of, Rodrigo finally found the solution.
“It was just a matter of physics and a simple solution,” he said, according to focusOn news tv. “Arthur hadn’t entered head first through the bars at all. We had been tackling the problem completely the wrong way.”
Because Arthur had gotten stuck by slipping his body through the bars, Rodrigo simply pushed his body back through the bars the way it had come.
“And that meant turning Arthur sideways by the shoulders and slipping him through the bars,” he said. “It was so basic I’m ashamed to say it took so long, but relieved my son was unharmed.”
He added that while it was a big waste of time, he’s glad his son is now safe.