Thursday, December 14, 2006

Dateline: Beijing

Photo: AP

Dateline: Beijing - Bao Xishun, the world's tallest man, was flown in from his home in Inner Mongolia at the expense of the Fushun aquarium to help remove harmful plastic from the stomachs of two dolphins who ingested the material while nibbling on the edge of the pool in which they are kept.

To minimize risk of permant damage to Mr. Xishun's nearly 3 1/2 ' arm, the dolphins' jaws were restrained with towels while he reached in and extracted the plastic pieces.

Though some smaller pieces remain, the large pieces that posed the greatest health threat to the animals have been removed and the dolphins returned to their tank, where they began nibbling on plastic from the edge of the pool.

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