This solution must have involved a good bit of lateral thinking.  

Chinese veterinarians from an aquarium in Fushun were faced with a dilemma when dolphins in their care swallowed plastic used around their pool.

Their mechanical tools failed to successfully remove the dangerous plastic shards.

So they called in Mongolian herdsman Bao Xishun to help.

Bao is currently listed as the world’s tallest man by the Guinness Book of records at 2m 36.1cm (7ft 8.95in).

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.

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