World's tallest man saves plastic-eating dolphins

Sorry to be back with such a frivolous post, but I can't get this out of mind. From

BEIJING, China (AP) -- 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.


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-feet-9 herdsman from Inner Mongolia with 41.7-inch arms, state media said.

I just can't get my head around how this all worked. You are working on saving a dolphin, your surgical instruments aren't perfect, so you think: "I know, let's call the tallest man in the world to help out"? It sounds straight out of a comic strip...

Posted on December 15, 2006 and filed under Personal.