We've got all kinds of catchy sayings like "Leaves Of Three, Let Them Be" that warn us away from Poison Ivy and other hazards but we should really come up with something about sketchy ATMs with wobbly parts.
We call dibs on "If It's Loose, Vamoose!"
Even though he probably didn't have such a cool limmerick in mind, Eli Maguire's Aussie skepticism saved him an embarrassing credit card statement and quite a load of money at this bank ATM visit.
Aussie police in Merrylands didn't have to look far for trouble. It arrived at their station house in force in the form of a distraught elderly man behind the wheel of a tiny car filled with propane tanks. Police noticed this explosive combo nearly too late to stage an urgent rescue.
This Russian driver was spared one when he narrowly escaped a good crushing beneath a poorly-timed falling tree.
When life throws its worst at us, we hope the people we trust and love most will be there to support and encourage us. In this ridiculous accident where a Russian woman gets stuck in a hollow tree, her laughing and Snapchatting friends might have enjoyed her bizarre situation a little too much, we think.
And then Mr. Lumberjack shows up and scares the living daylights out of us when he attempts a risky rescue of this good-natured damsel in distress.
Only. In. Russia.
We assumed that by now, after all the INSANE videos coming out of their country, Russians would be totally prepared for bizarre accidents on the road, like this wedding guest who was having a little TOO much fun without his seatbelt on. Like the kids say, it's all fun and games until your car flips on you.
But because it's Russia, this guy also survives!
These kind animal rescuers will restore your faith in humanity. First, this man used a knife to free two turtles that had been chained and locked together. The two men who found the turtles could not believe what they were seeing, but were relieved to be able to free the turtles.
Then, this guy in Australia happened upon a sea lion in distress and helped to set it free. The sea lion was tangled in some rope but quickly returned to the ocean once it was untangled. View Now
Our moms always told us that if you help any kind of baby wild animal, it'll have "people smell" on it and its mom will reject it. Fortunately, this untrue urban myth (sorry, Mom!) doesn't stop these Lake Buchanan boaters in Texas from intervening when they see two tiny fawns struggling to keep up with their mom in the middle of the lake.
Don't worry, there's a fairy-tale ending to this family drama!
When you encounter wild animals in nature it is very important to remember that they are wild and unpredictable. Newlywed couple Gemma Cosgriff and her husband Damian from Australia were enjoying their honeymoon in Rwanda. They were on a safari tour observing silverback gorillas when one of the gorillas charged Gemma and knocked her over. She said it did not hurt and she thinks she should have worn camouflage colors instead of pink. View Now
Every once and a while a simple story shared on social media goes insanely viral. Rube The Goat was driving one night when he found a rabbit on the side of the road. He used cookies to lure in the white rabbit and the pair quickly became best friends. Rube gushed about the cute rabbit and shared his Snapchat story on Twitter. Social media fell in love with their relationship and many folks are retweeting with photos of themselves and their pet rabbits. View Now
Harvey the cat got himself in a pickle when he decided to weather an entire day and a thunderstorm in his Louisiana neighbor's tree. Thankfully, Randall Kolb was outfitted with the latest in cat-rescue technology and bagged poor Harvey.
Cats in trees are pretty predictable... but cats riding on scooters? Guess it's a thing now in Thailand, according to this bizarre and trend-setting scooter duo.
A man in China was fishing in a stream when rain suddenly caused extreme flooding that swept him away. When rescuers arrived to help him he was balancing on two rocks in the middle of fast flowing floodwater. Thankfully the rescue crews were able to pull the man to safety and the man survived the horrifying incident. View Now
We've all had times we just HAD to go out and celebrate! Maybe it was getting lit on your 21st or finishing school. For Isaac Moore in the UK, his adventure starts with an awesome new job!
Six pints of alcohol, a ridiculous climb and about 12 hours later, he wakes on the top of the Cambridge Grand Arcade's 75-feet-high class ceiling in the middle of HIS OWN rescue. This is news to Isaac because he doesn't remember a thing!
We just hope his employers weren't watching!
Two victims were taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation after a fire ripped through an apartment building. Firefighters rushed to rescue a woman and her dog from the apartment balcony of a burning building in Vancouver, Canada.
Water came crashing through the wall of this building in Brazil after a sewage plant next door flooded. The water was the treated waste water. The wall collapsed and eleven people were injured in this incident. View Now
We wish our heads could fit into potato chip bags! How else are you supposed to get all the little tiny pieces? Of course, then you have to deal with emergency chip situations like these adorable trapped critters.
This traumatized housecat shifts into reverse when it realizes its tasty nacho snack was actually a cheesy trap! This unfortunate kangaroo from the Land Down Under fares even worse after realizing its short arms isn't designed to deal with human junk food bags.
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These two animals were both rescued by two kind couples. RightThisMinute viewer Clarissa Sahloff shared this rescue story. This desert snake stowed away in this couple's car three years ago. The couple kept the snake in a fish tank and named it X. But eventually, they decided to return the snake to the same desert where it originally slithered into their car. View Now
We've all bitten off more than we can chew but these silly fawns learn the hard way when they got trapped in fences! These poor baby deer are half hysterical with fright but thankfully, helpful humans help the two scamper back to their worried mommas and forest friends.
We see a lot of scary videos that leave us scratching our heads wondering HOW in the world these critters and people escape these various situations alive.
This Spanish pooch abandoned for hours got himself stuck between balcony railings in an attempt to escape his third-story prison. He channeled his inner Jackie Chan and miraculously lands softly on a first-floor awning after he dramatically wriggles free.
A human chain and sheer luck also saved these three people trapped in a car during summer monsoon floods in India
After-work cravings might have saved a sandwich shop worker in New Zealand from a long night alone.
It all started with a communal bathroom visit right before closing that left the solitary worker locked out of the shop without keys or phone. Two hours later she was still frantically calling for help behind a locked door when Amandeep Singh and his wife entered the still-open, empty, and vulnerable shop and heard shouts coming from the back. View Now
Decisions as trivial as putting on underwear could one day save your life. This elderly man fell out of an apartment window and was left dangling by his underwear. Rescuers rappeled down to him and needed a ladder truck to rescue him.
Then, watch these two boat passengers help a struggling baby deer get out of the water and back onto land. View Now
Sometimes animals find themselves trapped in precarious situations and they need humans to help them escape. First, watch as a grey-headed flying-fox is released from citrus netting in a fruit tree. The poor animal was taken to a shelter to recover and heal its injured wings.
Then, the Los Angeles S.M.A.R.T. Team rescued a black cat from a river. They had to scale the wall to get down to where the cat was trapped. View Now
It's heart-wrenching to see videos of this genre here at RightThisMinute because we hold animals so near and dear to our heart. Still, we make a point to celebrate happy endings in these sad stories.
Our first animal rescue from Spain looks like a simple case of owner negligence that left this poor Pitbull smothering in 80-degree sunshine. The second caught our attention because the owner of this poor kitten in Canada still locks her away in his SUV after BOTH the fire department and a conscientious couple call him out.
They'll be laughing about this in a few years.... but this family got a one-of-a-kind vacation story in Florida when their hotel room door knob locked as they were heading out to the pool. Usually, you have to pay for this kind of "Escape The Room" lock-in but this family (and very outspoken mom) was NOT entertained.
The door stayed shut for 40 minutes until the fire department finally knocked down the door. We really hope they got a new room! View Now
We all know just how HARD it is to find Waldo of Where's Waldo. But what if Waldo is now a drowning child?
Welcome to every lifeguarding shift.
Thankfully, an eagle-eyed lifeguard is on duty at this wave pool and dives in to help the nearly invisible panicking youngster. This dramatic rescue is part of the Genesis Project's South Carolina campaign, which brings swim clinics and hopes to build new pools in, especially vulnerable rural areas. View Now
Flood season in China is notoriously dangerous as drainage networks struggle to keep up in both city and rural areas.
Fortunately, this shared crisis means there was no shortage of volunteers when Chinese workers in Hunan Province and Guangxi Autonomous Region heard deadly floodwaters washed away a mom and soldier. Both dramatic DIY rescues were eventually completed, but it took the combined efforts of the entire community to save the pair. View Now
These bloody eyes are the temporary grisly souvenirs of a high-speed brush with death.
Disaster strikes thousands of feet in the air when championship Norwegian aerobatic hangglider Jon Gjerde finds himself in a dizzying spin after his hangglider snaps in half and plummets to the ground. Seconds before a deadly blackout, Jon opens his emergency parachute above his panicked audience at the Norwegian Extreme Sports Week festival. View Now
The Los Angeles Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team (S.M.A.R.T.) rescued two tiny kittens from a dumpster. The kittens were buried under building materials from an apartment complex remodeling project. The team used specialized equipment to locate the felines and pull them both to safety. They are being cared for until they are ready to be adopted. View Now
When in Rome, Jack-Jack would PROBABLY try really hard to fit in.
He's the only donkey on a farm of horses and wants badly to be as cool as them. He sees his friends rolling around in the lush grass and gives it a try. Unfortunately, Jack-Jack is also fat-fat and gets hilariously stuck with his feet in the air. Thankfully, his human friends are nearby to help him up and save his dignity. View Now