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Putin Teaches Endangered Cranes How To Fly (video)

By Petslady @petslady


In another one of his dare-devil moods, no doubt, President Vladimir Putin took flight on a hang glider yesterday to show a young flock of Siberian white cranes how to fly.  Yup, we have photos and a video to prove it!

Here is Mr. Putin 'disquised' in his white flight suit to match his white hang glider, so the cranes won't recognize him!

President Vladimir Putin flies in an ultralight hang glider: image: REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Presidential Press Service/Pool via ca.news.yahoo.com
President Vladimir Putin flies in an ultralight hang glider: image: REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Presidential Press Service/Pool via ca.news.yahoo.com

I wonder what the cranes would do if they knew their country's president took such an interest in them.

Siberian white cranes: image: REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Kremlin via ca.news.yahoo.com
Siberian white cranes: image: REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Kremlin via ca.news.yahoo.com

Mr. Putin is known for occasional stunts, as well as for his love of animals.  He has posed with a polar bear and tracked a Siberian tiger, and didn't he go horseback riding shirtless? Maybe he uses these interactions with animals to make him seem more human and more likable. He does provide some entertainment.

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He did get the flock moving, and that's a good thing!  (I never thought I'd be writing about Vladimir Putin and animals two days in a row!)

For more photos of Putin and his stunts, see the Photography Blog at the Dallas News.


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