These Dads' Amazing Reflexes Saved The Day!

Not all heroes wear capes

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Not On My Watch!

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Some men are just born to be fathers, and we're not just talking about those guys who have a natural propensity to tell so-good-they're-bad dad jokes. These are the selfless fathers who constantly do whatever they need to do in order to make their families happy. They're the types who swap seats with their kid if a tall guy sits in front of them at the movie theater, even though he is already taking one for the team simply by agreeing to sit through Hotel Transylvania 2 or whatever other drivel he was forced to shell out for that day. 

These are also the guys who spring into action the second they see their child in danger, like Shaun Cunningham, here. This photo went viral in 2016 when Cunningham was caught on camera exercising some seriously amazing dad reflexes! Cunningham was celebrating his son Landon's 9th birthday by watching a Pirates-Braves spring training game. The child was busily texting a photo of the game to his mom when suddenly a bat came flying off the field... straight for Landon's face. What's a dad to do? Stick out his arm and stop the bat in mid-freaking-air, that's what! NO BIGGIE. You can check out the action live on YouTube. It's a true testimony to how heroic your average father can become when his child is faced with taking a projectile to the face.

Here are a few other dads who averted disaster in the blink of an eye, thanks to their awesome dad reflexes.

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And You Thought He Was Sleeping...

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Some dads sleep with one eye open! This family was relaxing on the sofa after a long day when suddenly their toddler went head over tails off the deep end! Dad, who appeared to be dozing just seconds before, reaches out an arm and arrests her momentum at just the right moment. Dad: 1, Gravity: 0.

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It's A Bird! It's A Plane! It's Super Dad!

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Does this guy have ESP or is he secretly Mr. Incredible? This dad managed to run down a hill and save his child from a runaway Cozy Coupe. Skills: He's got them.

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Whatever You Do, Save The Cake!

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This is the ultimate in cool dad moves! As his son delivers his birthday cake, the darn thing goes sliding off the plate and seems doomed to become birthday roadkill... until dad saves it one-handed like it's nothing.

"Oh this? Just doing what needed to be done, ma'am." *tips cap*

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Let Sleeping Dads Lie

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He looks like he's sound asleep, doesn't he? Well don't be fooled, because this dad will STILL save your toddler bum from falling on your soft little baby head, even in his sleep!

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I Got You, Kiddo

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The best part of this gif is that the dad doesn't even have to look; he just sees the kid starting to fall out of the corner of his eye.

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Cruising For A Bruising

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That little girl seemed determined to crash into the side of the house as fast as her little legs could peddle her there! Thank goodness dad was on guard.

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Wiggly Baby Alert

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If there's one thing any parent can tell you, it's that babies are surprisingly strong, especially when you least expect them to be. This dad was just sitting there enjoying some quality time with the kidlets when suddenly his baby arched his back with such force (they do this, and yes, it's shocking and always unexpected) that he almost landed squarely on his head. Thankfully dad was ready for him.

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TSA Agent To The Rescue

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We can only presume that this TSA agent is a father! The way he slides in there to catch this man's baby is nothing short of heroic. 

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Little Girl, Staaaaaahp

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Grabbing her arm like that couldn't have felt good, but it's probably better than smashing into the side of a car with her face. 

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Once A Dad, Always A Dad

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Grandpa should have known better than to put the baby up there in the first place, but still... at least he caught the kid before the pavement did.

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Dog Daddy

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Dads can use their superpowers to save fur babies, too. 

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Super Dad In Training

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This video also went viral in 2016. It shows a distracted mother changing a baby on a changing table, when the wiggly little girl starts to fall right off the table. Before she can hit the floor, her older brother swooped in and rescued her. He's clearly a father in training!

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Just For Fun, Here's A Kid Saving His Dad

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It's not always the dad who gets the reflexes in the family! Watch this boy save his father from taking a fast ball to the face at a Pittsburgh Pirates game, then act all nonchalantly afterwards.

Way to go, dads! We hope there's always someone there to catch you when fall, too.