Friday, December 15, 2006

World's Tallest Man Saves Dolphins

While generally opposed to extraordinary human efforts at saving lesser species from their own stupidity-spawned brushes with death, I suppose the World's Tallest Man does deserve a small amount of credit for using his freakish powers for good, namely saving a couple dolphins and thus improving strained human/dolphin relations. The BBC reports:
The world's tallest man has saved two dolphins by using his long arms to reach into their stomachs and pull out dangerous plastic shards.

Mongolian herdsman Bao Xishun was called in after the dolphins swallowed plastic used around their pool at an aquarium in Fushun, north-east China.

Attempts to use instruments failed as the dolphins contracted their stomachs.

Guinness World Records list Mr Bao, 54, as the world's tallest living man at 2.36m (7ft 8.95in).

The mammals had lost their appetite and were suffering depression, aquarium officials said.

The heads of the dolphins were held back and towels wrapped around their teeth so Mr Bao could not be bitten.
(via La Tourbillonette)

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