to box with God.
Yanking plastic out of the tummies of dolphins, however….
BEIJING (Dec. 14) - 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."
From a pure, cask-strength, feel-good-weird angle, this is the easily the best story of the year.
And if I were am Intelligent Design freak, I’d be all over this shit.
“You mean you believe the tallest man in the world’s arm just happens to be exactly the right length to pull the seat cushion outta Flipper’s gullet? Please! Just hadda be Jebus. Case closed. Christmas War over.”
Which I predict will be the opening quote of chapter seven – “A man's reach should exceed his grasp…“ – of 2008s runaway Xian best seller: “The Porpoise Driven Life.”