World's Tallest Man Saves China Dolphins
December 15, 2006 10:45pm CST
BEIJING - The long arms of the world's tallest man reached in and saved two dolphins by pulling out plastic from their stomachs, state media and an aquarium official said Thursday. The dolphins got sick after nibbling on plastic from the edge of their pool at an aquarium in Liaoning province. Attempts to use surgical instruments to remove the plastic failed because the dolphins' stomachs contracted in response to the instruments, the China Daily newspaper reported. Veterinarians then decided to ask for help from Bao Xishun, a 7-foot-9 herdsman from Inner Mongolia with 41.7-inch arms, state media said. Bao, 54, was confirmed last year by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's tallest living man. Chen Lujun, the manager of the Royal Jidi Ocean World aquarium, told The Associated Press that the shape of the dolphins' stomachs made it difficult to push an instrument very far in without hurting the animals. People with shorter arms could not reach the plastic, he said. "When we failed to get the objects out we sought the help of Bao Xishun from Inner Mongolia and he did it successfully yesterday," Chen said. "The two dolphins are in very good condition now." Photographs showed the jaws of one of the dolphins being held back by towels so Bao could reach inside the animal without being bitten. "Some very small plastic pieces are still left in the dolphins' stomachs," Zhu Xiaoling, a local doctor, told Xinhua. "However the dolphins will be able to digest these and are expected to recover soon."
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16 Dec 06
Well it's still good to see that people care about animals.... Hope more people can read and do something about the problem this plastic is causing throughout the world..... Hope someday something will come which can replace the plastic.... The tall man must be feeling happy to have helped in a good cause...
16 Dec 06
It is so nice to hear that people are still interested in saving, preserving and as in the story answering the call for help of the wildlife of this world. This was a great story about how we can each learn to use our given atributes to help anyone or animal in trouble. I hope to read a follow up story on these dolphins to see how they are doing in the future and I think that Mr. Xishun deserves great praise for his efforts to help save their lives.
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16 Dec 06
I saw this guy on TV. Man, is he tall! I didn't realize that he was that old. I thought the story I saw said he was wanting to play basketball in the U.S. Maybe I'm a bit mixed up. It's nice that he was able to use a talent only he possessed to help the dolphins. God has a purpose for each and every person in this world. It just takes time to find it.