Height of romance

Beijing, Mar 29 | Updated: Mar 30 2007, 05:40am hrs
After searching high and low, the worlds tallest man has married a woman two-thirds his height, a Chinese newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Bao Xishun, a 7 ft 9 inches tall herdsman from Inner Mongolia, married saleswoman Xia Shujian, who is 5 ft 6 inches tall, several days ago, the Beijing New reported. Baos 28-year-old bride is half his age and hailed from his hometown of Chifeng even though marriage advertisements were sent around the world, it said.

After a long and careful selection, the effort has finally paid off, the newspaper said.

Bao was confirmed last year by the Guinness Book of World Records as the worlds tallest person. Bao was in the news in December after he used his long arms to save two dolphins by pulling out plastic from their stomachs. 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, Chinese media reported.

AP