Marso 2009


BALDWIN PARK, Calif. – A birdnapper snatched Gordo the skateboarding parrot. The 30-year-old green Guatemalan parrot, a popular attraction for a decade in the San Gabriel Valley community of Baldwin Park, was taken from his front porch cage Wednesday morning.

Owner Fred Mireles said his mother heard some commotion and spotted a man running away with Gordo. The 47-year-old childless man says he’s devastated, adding Gordo is like a kid to him.

Baldwin Park police Sgt. Darryl Kosaka said it could be difficult to recover the parrot, noting that animals are often stolen to become pets in other households or to be sold.

Mireles said the birdnapper is “up against a can of worms” because Gordo isn’t used to strangers and will start biting. – AP


The world’s tallest man has met one of the world’s smallest in China.

Bao Xishun, a 56 year-old herdsman from Inner Mongolia, is the world’s tallest man and measures 7′ 9″ tall.

Meanwhile, He Pingping is applying to be entered in the Guinness World Record as the world’s shortest adult, standing at a mere 2′ 4″.

According to the organiser of the meeting, it was He’s long-cherished dream to meet Bao.

In March, Bao married saleswoman Xia Shujian, who stands a rather average 5′ 6″, after a global search for a suitable bride.

They celebrated a traditional Mongolian wedding in the tomb of Kublai Khan on Thursday.

Bao was confirmed as the world’s tallest living man by Guinness World Records last year. He overtook the previous holder, Radhouane Charbib of Tunisia, by just 2 millimeters.

Guinness World Records says Bao was of normal height until 16 but then put on a spurt that doctors were unable to explain, reaching his full height in seven years.

But Bao is far shorter than Robert Pershing Wadlow, from Illinois in the U.S., who died in 1940 aged 22 and stood at a massive 8′ 11.1″.,2933,289298,00.html