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World's tallest man saves dolphin
The BBC ^ | Last Updated: Thursday, 14 December 2006, 10:09 GMT | Anonymous BBC story monkey

Posted on 12/14/2006 3:10:30 AM PST by alnitak

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 2m 36.1cm (7ft 8.95in).

Veterinarians turned to Mr Bao after attempts to extract the plastic shards at the aquarium in Fushun, Liaoning Province, had failed.

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.

He then extended his arm length of 1.06m into the mammals' stomachs.

Chen Lujun, manager of Royal Jidi Ocean World, said Mr Bao was successful and the dolphins were "in very good condition now".

Local doctor Zhu Xiaoling told the state media agency Xinhua: "Some very small plastic pieces are still left in the dolphins' stomachs.

"However the dolphins will be able to digest these and are expected to recover soon."

Mr Bao, 54, was confirmed as the world's tallest living man by Guinness World Records last year.

He overtook the previous holder, Radhouane Charbib of Tunisia, by just 2mm.

Guinness World Records say Mr Bao was of normal height until 16 but then put on a spurt that doctors were unable to explain, reaching his full height in seven years.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; dolphin; mongolia
And since this thread would be worthless...

Towels were wrapped around the dolphins' teeth


1 posted on 12/14/2006 3:10:33 AM PST by alnitak
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Admit it, you were hooked by the title.


2 posted on 12/14/2006 3:10:56 AM PST by alnitak ("That kid's about as sharp as a pound of wet liver" - Foghorn Leghorn)
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To: alnitak

lol

That IS a title you don't see everyday.


3 posted on 12/14/2006 3:16:26 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: alnitak
Huh...thats a diferent slant on things. bada bing
4 posted on 12/14/2006 3:31:42 AM PST by DainBramage
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To: alnitak; MotleyGirl70; Larry Lucido; Mr. Brightside

5 posted on 12/14/2006 3:57:23 AM PST by Cagey
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To: alnitak
Just kidding, there is no such list!
Dolphin stomach cleaning by hand ping list

6 posted on 12/14/2006 4:01:20 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: alnitak

One thing wasn't clear: from which direction did he reach into the stomach?


7 posted on 12/14/2006 4:21:29 AM PST by Keli Kilohana (Editor, ZARR CHASM CHRONICAL [sic], Sore, WV)
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To: alnitak

I was wondering where the world's tallest man lived.


8 posted on 12/14/2006 4:25:38 AM PST by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: Bon mots
Hey...put me on that list...thanks.
LOL
9 posted on 12/14/2006 4:32:11 AM PST by Fawn (NEVER GO TO 'APPLIANCE KING' IN BOYNTON BEACH, FLORIDA--THEY SCAM YOU!!!)
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To: caver

So its not just me that thinks the Chinese are growing up fast, over-reaching, and willing to rip your guts out?

Something damn fishy about this story.


10 posted on 12/14/2006 4:32:12 AM PST by Stallone (Is There A Conservative Leader ANYWHERE In America?)
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To: Cagey; MotleyGirl70; Mr. Brightside

"Is anyone here the world's tallest man?"


11 posted on 12/14/2006 4:39:24 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: alnitak

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! The Chinese SCIENTISTS couldn't figure out how to get plastic out of a dolphin's stomach?? So they got a really tall guy with long arms to reach in and pull it out??? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!


12 posted on 12/14/2006 5:00:36 AM PST by Slim Pickens
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To: alnitak

I wonder if he could adjust the valves on a car by reaching up the tailpipe?


13 posted on 12/14/2006 5:01:06 AM PST by Retired Chemist
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To: alnitak

Wow! He's, like, one of the Superfriends!


14 posted on 12/14/2006 5:01:38 AM PST by SquirrelKing
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To: Slim Pickens

They didn't use cranes and bulldozers to build the Great Wall, either.


15 posted on 12/14/2006 5:05:35 AM PST by JCEccles
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To: Cagey

"The sea was angry that day my friends. Like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli."


16 posted on 12/14/2006 5:06:18 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (A liberal is a suicide bomber without the guts)
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To: JCEccles

That's because they didn't have cranes and bulldozers back then, but I'm pretty sure we have stomach pumps in 2006....


17 posted on 12/14/2006 5:19:03 AM PST by Slim Pickens
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To: Slim Pickens
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! The Chinese SCIENTISTS couldn't figure out how to get plastic out of a dolphin's stomach?? So they got a really tall guy with long arms to reach in and pull it out??? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

What, you have a better idea?

At least their idea worked!

18 posted on 12/14/2006 5:19:28 AM PST by Maceman (This is America. Why must we press "1" for English?)
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To: alnitak
Mongolian herdsman? Obviously unlicensed and unqualified. I hope the greenie-weenies pillory this uncaring exploiter of wildlife. Bet he even holds doors open for women.
19 posted on 12/14/2006 5:19:32 AM PST by Tulsa Brian (...Meet me, baby, down on Forty Fifth Street...)
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To: alnitak

That guy is so tall he has to climb a ladder to shave.


20 posted on 12/14/2006 5:19:41 AM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Larry Lucido

LOL!


21 posted on 12/14/2006 5:20:41 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Maceman
Maybe a stomach pump? How about a thin pole with a claw on the end?

Am I the ONLY one who thinks it's funny that these scientists, AFTER EXHAUSTING ALL OTHER OPTIONS, turned to the guy with long arms? Sheesh.

22 posted on 12/14/2006 5:22:18 AM PST by Slim Pickens
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To: Retired Chemist
I wonder if he could adjust the valves on a car by reaching up the tailpipe?

There was once this successful gynecologist who decided to quit medicine and become a mechanic. He went to the top auto mechanics school, enrolled, and started taking a class on engine repair.

At the end of the class, the final exam involved tearing down and rebuilding an engine. A few days after taking the exam, the doctor checked his grades and was dismayed to see a score of 150 percent for his final. Surely, this was some sort of typo!

When the doctor caught up with his instructor, he asked about the grade. The instructor smiled and explained "Fifty percent of the grade was for the tear down. You did that perfect, so you got every possible point. Fifty percent was for the rebuild, which you also did perfectly, giving you another fifty points."

"But what about the other fifty?" asked the doctor, distressed.

The instructor smiled, rubbed his chin and replied "Well, I'd never seen anyone tear down and rebuild an engine by reaching up through the exhaust pipe, so I figured that ought to be worth at least an extra fifty points!"

23 posted on 12/14/2006 5:30:13 AM PST by MortMan (I was going to be indecisive, but I changed my mind.)
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To: Manic_Episode
That guy is so tall he has to climb a ladder to shave.

That reminds me of the time I accidently bit myself in the ear. How did I do that you ask?....Well I was standing on a chair at the time.

24 posted on 12/14/2006 5:30:41 AM PST by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: Slim Pickens
Well, I think this is an example of very clever thinking.

It is actually just an extension (pardon the pun) of techniques veterinarians have long (again, pardon the pun) used. For example, cows are artificially inseminated in a similar manner, working from the other end of course.

This isn't evidence of backward, primitive thinking. Far from it.

25 posted on 12/14/2006 5:31:49 AM PST by JCEccles
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To: alnitak
What, George Costanza wasn't available?


26 posted on 12/14/2006 5:46:48 AM PST by BufordP ("Every morning I start my day with juice, toast, and a big bowl of Baby Crunch!" -- Michael J. Fox)
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To: Bon mots
There's a ping list for this specifically?
LOL
27 posted on 12/14/2006 5:53:05 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: reagan_fanatic

"Easy Big Fella"


28 posted on 12/14/2006 5:57:13 AM PST by The FIGHTIN Illini (Screw the ncaa)
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To: Slim Pickens

Clifford Ray of the Golden State Warriors (6'8" with very long arms) did this exact same thing to save a dolphin at Marine World - at the old Redwood City location - back in the mid-70's.


29 posted on 12/14/2006 6:01:07 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: Mr. Jeeves; Bon mots

So the ping list is justified! 2 stories in 3 decades. Breaks a new record for low volume.


30 posted on 12/14/2006 6:09:55 AM PST by alnitak ("That kid's about as sharp as a pound of wet liver" - Foghorn Leghorn)
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To: Cagey

Wow. Nice Seinfeld reference. Another obtuse reference would be to find out whether the dolphins were of the "black fin" variety.


31 posted on 12/14/2006 6:26:49 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Kramer!)
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To: Slim Pickens
Actually, we'd use an endoscope to retrieve a gastric foreign body. Not every veterinary hospital has one, but thousands across America do.

It isn't quite as sexy as having the world's largest man stick his arm down your throat, be we poor Western veterinarians have to limp along as best we can.
32 posted on 12/14/2006 6:40:43 AM PST by horse_doc
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To: alnitak
Hmmm. I read the post because I thought it meant Miami had signed a new receiver... ;-)
33 posted on 12/14/2006 7:18:51 AM PST by Semper Vigilantis (The House side of the US Capitol Building is now the safest place to be when the terrorists strike.)
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To: Drawsing

I used to be so mean that I had to hold a gun on myself while shaving to keep from cutting my own throat.


34 posted on 12/14/2006 7:43:23 AM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Bon mots

Well, this is one list I have to be on...or in..whatever.


35 posted on 12/14/2006 7:48:12 AM PST by alarm rider ("O thou who changest not, abide with me!")
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To: Manic_Episode
I used to be so mean that I had to hold a gun on myself while shaving to keep from cutting my own throat.

HA! Now that is mean...and I should know since I am listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's meanest nice guy.

36 posted on 12/14/2006 8:06:32 AM PST by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: Slim Pickens
So they got a really tall guy with long arms to reach in and pull it out???

I expected you to say, "Ya'know, a fellow'ud have a pretty good time in Vegas with that trick!"

37 posted on 12/14/2006 8:21:59 AM PST by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: alnitak
So, I'm wondering; what if they could only get the world's smallest man? Could they have sent him spelunking with a wee mop and tiny bucket?
38 posted on 12/14/2006 8:30:27 AM PST by Spruce
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To: alnitak
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.

They're just cheap and didn't want to pay for a real sturgeon
39 posted on 12/14/2006 8:36:26 AM PST by grjr21
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To: Mr. Jeeves
"...Clifford Ray of the Golden State Warriors (6'8" with very long arms) did this exact same thing to save a dolphin at Marine World - at the old Redwood City location - back in the mid-70's..."

Get outa town!

I used to work there as a yout' and saw some interesting stuff, but never this. Are you sure you're not high on drugs? Oh wait, it's only 8:36 am in California, never mind. I'll email you in 24 minutes.

40 posted on 12/14/2006 8:38:15 AM PST by -=SoylentSquirrel=- (Put Christ in Christmas, and Lead in Liberals)
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To: Cagey

"Is that a Titlest? Whata know, a hole in one."


41 posted on 12/14/2006 8:42:07 AM PST by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: -=SoylentSquirrel=-
Clifford Ray's Big Rescue.

BTW, I get to work at 5:00 am PST, so my day's already half over. ;)

42 posted on 12/14/2006 8:42:18 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: grjr21

"Wet Dreams" by Kip Addotta Bump


43 posted on 12/14/2006 8:43:14 AM PST by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: grjr21
Another "Chinese copycat" Where will it end?
44 posted on 12/14/2006 9:33:07 AM PST by ASOC (The phrase "What if" or "If only" are for children.)
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To: Larry Lucido

Lol!


45 posted on 12/14/2006 12:20:44 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: MotleyGirl70; Cagey; Mr. Brightside
"You had to tell her I was Mr. Fantastic, you couldn't just tell her I was an archictect?"


46 posted on 12/14/2006 12:59:24 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Drawsing
That reminds me of the time I accidently bit myself in the ear. How did I do that you ask?

Your joke brings to mind a true story. Not long after I met my 22-year old brother-in-law, he asked if I would like to make a little wager. I told him I wasn't much of a betting man. He bet me that he could bite his own ear. I put down my dollar, wondering what the catch was. Then he pulled out from his mouth a full set of upper and lower false teech and clamped them on his ear! Best entertainment a dollar ever bought me! He had lost all of his teeth at 18 due to a rare gum disease. This little ruse paid for all his drinks at the bars.

47 posted on 12/14/2006 2:48:39 PM PST by TexasRepublic (Afghan protest - "Death to Dog Washers!")
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To: alnitak

That fellow looks like an alien. I wonder if he's some sort of human-alien hybrid?

http://www.alienshift.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/TalllWhites.jpg


48 posted on 12/15/2006 4:53:10 AM PST by Renfield
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To: alnitak

World's tallest or world's ugliest man?


49 posted on 12/15/2006 5:04:04 AM PST by aruanan
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