Doctors in central China have removed two rings from a man's penis that got stuck after he put them on to avoid theft during his journey home.

The incident came to light Jan 28 in Hunan province when firemen were called for help. The middle-aged man said he did that to prevent the rings from being stolen during his travel home for the Chinese Lunar New Year Jan 23.

Doctors cut off the rings with a pair of pliers. The operation lasted about an hour, the Shanghai Daily Thursday quoted the Changde Evening News as saying.