Date
21 October 2017
The boy is screaming while rescue workers try to free his arm from the vending machine. Photo: 9News
The boy is screaming while rescue workers try to free his arm from the vending machine. Photo: 9News

Boy stuck for 6 hours in first vending machine he had ever seen

A four-year-old boy from Australia’s remote Northern Territory got stuck for six hours in the first vending machine he had ever seen.

Leo, who was on holiday with his family in Melbourne, saw the machine in a hotel lobby and tried to reach for biscuits inside, BBC News reports.

But his arm got stuck in the machine’s anti-theft mechanism.

The boy was screaming while an emergency crew used grinders to cut open the machine.

He was sedated and distracted with smartphones.

Leo’s father Aaron Shorthouse explained to local media that it was the first time his son saw a vending machine.

“We live up in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, and I don’t think he’s seen a vending machine before, so he saw the Oreos, and some biscuits and a few other things,” Shorthouse was quoted as saying.

Arnhem Land is a remote region in the Northern Territory with only 16,000 people living across 97,000 square kilometers (37,000 square miles).

Leo appeared unscathed after the incident, but was taken to a children’s hospital for observation, The Telegraph reported.

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