Entries in Toilets (2)


Newborn Rescued from Toilet Pipe in China

Photodisc/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- Dramatic and graphic video emerged over the weekend from China showing a newborn baby boy being rescued from a sewage pipe.

The 5-pound infant was discovered by residents in Jinhua, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, when they heard cries coming out of a fourth floor squat toilet in a local apartment building.

When the firefighters arrived on the scene they discovered a two-day-old baby lodged in the piping below the toilet.  After attempts to pull the baby out of the toilet failed, the rescuers resorted to sawing off a whole section of piping containing the baby and brought it to the neighboring hospital.

The video shows firefighters and doctors taking apart the sewer pipe piece by piece under the newborn was finally revealed from inside. State media reports said that the boy’s umbilical cord and placenta was still attached at the time.

“Fortunately the baby survived. But the person [who abandoned him] is still suspected of attempted murder,” an unidentified police officer told the state media on Police were looking for the parents of the baby boy.

The incident has conjured up intense emotions on Chinese social media especially after the news this weekend of separate newborn discovered in a dumpster in Hebei province. That newborn did not survive.

Posting on China’s Twitter-like microblogging platform, Sina Weibo, user @bhdrswxjs wrote: “This should be sentenced to death, they are killing their own baby. This is not the only abandoned baby case I saw in the past ten days, one threw in dumpster and died; the other one was fleshed into toilet, those are not actions human beings should do.”

Another user, @Anandeshouxin added: “This little boy survived, he will do great in the future. The parents will never have a good life. I don’t even know how to curse them when seeing this shocking news.”

In March China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs released data indicating there are 9,394 orphans and abandoned babies across China being cared for by non-government affiliated agencies. This figure obviously does not include the babies who did not make it.

The Chinese-language newsweekly MinSheng reported last year that 100,000 babies are estimated to have been abandoned each year in China. That’s over 250 babies abandoned every day.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Australians Drop Their Pants to Protest Lack of Toilets

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ADELAIDE, Australia) -- Australian beachgoers fed up with a lack of public toilet facilities on their local beaches came up with a very literal way to show their displeasure: by bringing their own toilets to the beach.

On Sunday morning, the dozen protesters, each dressed in top hats and suits, carried their toilets down to the shore at Henley Beach in Adelaide, dropped their pants and sat down for a spell, reading newspapers and shivering in the cold of Australia’s winter as onlookers stared.

The protest was not just a protest but a work of art.  The organizer, local artist Andrew Baines, took photographs of the protesters and plans to paint the scene for an exhibition that will debut in January 2013.

“I think that’s the goal of an artist, is to take these issues to the world community and let people talk about it,” Baines told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

The protesters, who included everyone from a local radio personality to a former immigration minister, dropped their pants to demand that the local council add beachside toilet facilities so that beachgoers don’t have to venture out to use the toilets at nearby local cafes.

The local council says it is working with the community to find the best space for a facility, while café owners say they have been waiting on the council to act for the last 13 years, according to ABC.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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