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09:19 GMT +3 hours22 December 2014
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Vladimir Putin, the Animal Lover

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Vladimir Putin has gained a reputation as an animal lover during his years as Russian president and prime minister. Putin has many pets and boasts a long list of photo-ops with wild animals. In his latest stunt, he steered a specially outfitted motorized hang glider with a flock of migrating Siberian white cranes who took him for their leader.

Vladimir Putin has gained a reputation as an animal lover during his years as Russian president and prime minister. Putin has many pets and boasts a long list of photo-ops with wild animals.