Dolphins' natural diets usually consist of fish, but one dolphin in China's Hangzhou Polar Ocean Park Zoo decided to try something new and exciting — a pool mat! We all know how dangerous it is when your pets eat something they shouldn't, and the same goes for sea life. After the popular dolphin stopped eating and seemed slow and sluggish, the staff at the Chinese zoo had an x-ray taken of the mammal's tummy and discovered that he had eaten a pool mat from one of his tanks!
After a few failed attempts at reaching the mat in the dolphin's stomach, zookeepers decided that instead of performing surgery, they would call in one of China's top basketball pros to help out. Zhang Youliang — coming in at over seven feet tall — has exceptionally long arms, and was able to reach in the dolphin's tummy and pull out the pool mat. Thankfully, the star performer (the dolphin, not the basketball player) is recovering nicely.
Apparently this isn't the first time a dolphin has needed to be rescued by a long-armed savior find out more after the break.
A similar situation in 2006 had the world's tallest man helping to pull shards of plastic out of two dolphins' stomachs in 2006. Just another reason to dispose of your waste in the proper places, so it doesn't end up in the stomachs of wild animals!