World's Tallest Man Marries

By: CBS News Edited by Marguerite Jordan Email
By: CBS News Edited by Marguerite Jordan Email

March 30

Chinese media reported in a Chinese newspaper on Wednesday that Bao Xihun is a herdsman from inner Mongolia and he married saleswoman Xia Shujian, who is 5 foot 6 inches tall.

The Beijing news reported that Bao's 28 year old bride is half his age and came from his hometown of Chifeng despite marriage advertisements being sent around the world.

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

China's central television aired pictures of the couple registering their marriage with workers from the civil affairs department."I am just happy! No more words..." said Bao to reporters.

His new wife, Xia Shujuan spoke of her new husband's qualities, "he is very easygoing, not an unapproachable person."Bao was confirmed last year by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's tallest person.

In December Bao was in the news 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.

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