Need a hand? Lounging lizard sticks out a claw to help his mate hanging on for dear life

By Leon Watson

Last updated at 3:28 PM on 19th January 2012

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It's a scene featured in thousands of movies, when a character teetering on the edge of a precipice hangs on for dear life.

But these moments do not normally involve lizards.

Unlike this one, when a quick-thinking lizard was caught on camera catching his falling friend.

The dramatic moment a male lizard swapped catching some rays to catching his friend

The dramatic moment a male lizard swapped catching some rays to catching his friend

The pair had been sunbathing together on a plant when one of his pals almost hit the ground.

He had moved a bit too suddenly and rocked the plant they were reclining on, causing one of them to lose balance and topple from its perch.

But just as it looked like it was certain to fall to the ground, a brave leaping lizard heroically managed to dive to the rescue and help it down while barely clinging on itself.

 

The drama was captured by keen photographer Alexey Tymoshenko, 19, who couldn't believe his eyes as the lizard miraculously held on.

Alexey, from Ukraine, said: 'I took these pictures by my parents' summer house when I was visiting one day.

'When I was younger I used to play with the lizards and they become very friendly after they get used to you which takes only about half an hour.

The pair of lizards were happily sat together when one moved a bit too suddenly and rocked the plant
Hanging on: When one moved a bit too suddenly and rocked the plant, the other one lost its balance

Hanging on: When one moved a bit too suddenly and rocked the plant, the other one lost its balance

Ukrainian photographer Alexey Tymoshenko, 19, who couldn't believe his eyes as the lizard miraculously held on

Ukrainian photographer Alexey Tymoshenko, 19, who couldn't believe his eyes as the lizard miraculously held on

'Once they understand you won't do them any harm they allow you to do anything - play with them, photograph them and so on.

'But I never thought they could be so strong and helpful to each other when one of their friends slipped and almost dropped before the other one managed to catch it.

'I was really surprised by the scene but I was really glad I had my camera ready and pointing on them both.'

 

 
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Mission impossible !!!!!!!! Jungle version

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Omg that is so sweet! I wonder if the photographer helped the little lizard back up or if he was able to get back on his own.

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Rather heartwarming to know reptiles are capable of altruism. They could teach some human beings a thing or two.

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awesum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Good photography but just how intelligent are lizards ? Did this one realise that the skydiver was in danger & the only way to help was to catch it with it`s claw ? Maybe there is a lot more IQ out there than we know of .

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What a cute moment captured, I didn't think it was in them to care for one another like that. I wish there were photos showing the lizard climbing back up.

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Whoa!!! What incredible photogrphy!!!

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Thank you for being my friend.... Those pictures are precious!

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Amazing! Love the photographs.

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What a pal! Love it. Animals show humans what it means to be decent every day of the week!

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