Need a hand? Lounging lizard sticks out a claw to help his mate hanging on for dear life
Last updated at 3:28 PM on 19th January 2012
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 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.
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
'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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