A man who was captured in a video scaling a building in China to save a two-year-old boy has been hailed a ‘Chinese Spider-Man’ on social media in the country.
The clip of Zhang Xin climbing to the fifth floor of the apartment block, which went viral in China, comes after a similar rescue in Paris which grabbed global headlines.
Mr Zhang, a retired soldier, was passing by the building in the central Hunan province when he noticed that the boy was in a precarious position.
The toddler had trapped his head in the bars of a window grate and was left dangling from the grille.
Mr Zhang made it to the fifth floor before pushing the boy back into the flat.
He told Chinese media he was walking past the block of flats with his brother when they heard screaming.
"We heard somebody screaming from above and then realised it was a child, so we ran to the building’s first floor," he said, in a video released by Pear Video.
“We tried every door from the sixth to the fourth floor, but no one was in. Then someone appeared and they let us in on the fifth floor. We entered and realised there was a little boy (dangling from) the flat next door."
Mamoudou Gassama, a Malian migrant, was last week praised by French President Emmanuel Macron after he scaled the façade of a Paris building and saved a four-year-old boy who was clinging to the edge of a balcony.
Mr Gassama was offered French nationality and a job as a fireman following his heroics.
Mr Zhang was modest about his exploits, saying: "I served in the army for two years, and any old soldier would have done this."
However, he was hailed a hero on the Chinese Internet, with one comment saying: "You are our ‘Chinese Spider – Man’ – you deserve an award!"
Additional reporting by Christine Wei
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