Monday, January 1, 2007

World's Tallest Man Saves Dolphins

Happy New Year! In honor of the occasion, I'll give you a story that shows hope for a coming year where man works in harmony with nature - sorta. It just doesn't get much weirder than this.

I love stories that feature mankind helping animals survive the unintended health effects of manmade hazards, such as cutting dolphins, whales, and sharks out of fishing nets, cleaning ocean birds after oil slicks, or rehabilitating animals that have been hit by cars (as my wonderful wife has done countless times as a wildlife rehabilitator), but this story takes the cake.

The world's tallest man saved a couple dolphins by using his long arms to reach into their stomachs and pull out shards of plastic that would have killed them.

No kidding! Here's an article from the BBC, complete with a video:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6178659.stm

Bao Xishun is a herdsman from Inner Mongolia. At 7ft 8.95in, he is the world's tallest living man (Guinness Record). His arms were long enough (and thin enough) to do what zoo officials couldn’t. When two dolphins at an aquarium in northeast China (Fushun) ate shards of plastic from their display, aquarium veterinarians were unable to use their instruments to extract them. Xishun's incredibly long arms were just right to do the job.

Perhaps it's my oddball mind talking here, but why, exactly were dolphins eating plastic parts of their display? Yum! What does the interior of a dolphin's stomach feel like? And how did Xishun's hand smell afterward? (I'm guessing rotten fish).

1 comment:

ebilgerbil said...

Hmm yes, why *would* dolphins eat plastic display pieces?

Anyhoo,just wanted to introduce myself. Stumbled onto your blog today, and I wanted to say I enjoyed reading your previous posts! :) Keep blogging!