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Turtle Bounces Off Man's Head: He's Bruised; It's Badly Injured

May 31, 1987|Associated Press

HONG KONG — A man walking to work was beaned by a falling turtle, according to news reports Friday.

A freshwater turtle weighing more than two pounds struck 36-year-old Lui Wai-kwong on the head, bruising Lui's temple and badly injuring the turtle, the accounts said. The tortoise apparently plummeted from a high-rise residential building in this British colony's Wong Tai Sin district.

"I thought I was going to faint. . . . I had to lean against the wall," Lui was quoted as saying by the English-language Hong Kong Standard. "I was surprised to find that it was a turtle. So were other passers-by."

Lui was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for a checkup, the Standard reported.

It was not clear if the turtle fell or was thrown out a window.

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