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Russia: Putin Saves TV Crew From Escaped Tiger
Der Spiegel ^ | 09/01/08

Posted on 09/01/2008 6:52:29 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Putin Saves TV Crew From Escaped Tiger

Russians are lauding Prime Minister Vladimir Putin after he reportedly saved scientists and a film crew from a huge escaped tiger in the Russian Far East. The tiger was no match for the judo champion and former KGB agent with a tranquilizer rifle.

In an act of bravery that could (almost) be made for TV, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin saved a Russian film crew from an enormous escaped tiger in eastern Russia Sunday, adding yet another set of images to his cultivated portfolio of manliness.

The incident took place in a national park in Russia's Far East, where Putin was visiting a team of scientists involved in a conservation project to save the endangered Amur tiger, the world's largest cat, which can reach lengths of 10 feet (three meters) from head to tail.

(Excerpt) Read more at spiegel.de ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: propaganda; putin; tiger

It started off as a trip to watch some scientists working as part of a conservation effort in Russia's Far East.

While the head veterinarian of the Moscow Zoo was explaining to the Russian prime minister how to use a tranquilizer rifle, a tiger escaped from scientists working nearby and threatened the film crew.

Putin brought the tiger down with the rifle, before helping scientists measure the tiger's canines and fit it with a satellite transmitter.

The Tiger said:

Don't believe them. I was framed.


1 posted on 09/01/2008 6:52:29 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Are the Russian people really buying this guy?


2 posted on 09/01/2008 6:54:27 AM PDT by Constitutional Patriot (Socialism is the cancer of humanity and Obama is a socialist.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
In an act of bravery that could (almost) be made for TV...

And, probably was staged...

3 posted on 09/01/2008 6:54:31 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

And then Putin defeated Chuck Norris!


4 posted on 09/01/2008 6:55:16 AM PDT by NCBraveheart (Too bad ignorance isn't painful)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

When will he walk on water?


5 posted on 09/01/2008 6:55:25 AM PDT by dfwgator (Thank God Football is Back! Go Gators!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

what a load


6 posted on 09/01/2008 6:55:27 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Hunter Palin beats this faux-Hunter Putin.


7 posted on 09/01/2008 6:55:49 AM PDT by SolidWood (McCain/Palin 2008)
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To: raybbr

Ok, heres my title for the movie...”Eye of the Tiger”.

And as Putin, David Hasselhof. With Paris Hilton as the poor scientist who accidentally let the tiger loose. We’ll have Pete Rose, Britney Spears and Madonna as part of the cast.


8 posted on 09/01/2008 6:56:48 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: dfwgator
Right after Obama does it - apparently.

This guy REALLY has a Napoleon complex and the Russians apparently desperately need a hero figure,

9 posted on 09/01/2008 6:57:15 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Dear Leader could have done it without a gun.


10 posted on 09/01/2008 6:57:27 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: raybbr

The lord of the manor goes on a hunt. How medieval. In ancient times they would have killed the animal then stuffed & mounted it in the lord’s hunting lodge.

Maybe Putin is an animal rights advocate?


11 posted on 09/01/2008 6:58:29 AM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: SolidWood
This opens up two interesting possibilities:

(1) Putin going out for Bear hunting with Sarah Palin

(2) Putin and Cheney going out for quail hunting (we know who will end up in the ambulance, fighting for his life.)

12 posted on 09/01/2008 7:00:43 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: Constitutional Patriot
If he'd been a man, and if he really wanted to impress everyone, he would have killed it with his bare hands...or at the very least a Bowie Knife.

Wuss.

...as it is, the KGB man is simply making Russian propoganda...cheap, cheasy, and blatant propoganda.

GEORGIA CONFLICT 2008

13 posted on 09/01/2008 7:04:01 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Uh huh.
The big tough guy who has cluster bombs dropped on Georgian neighborhoods.


14 posted on 09/01/2008 7:05:12 AM PDT by FreePoster (Political correctness will not die of its own sickness. It has to be killed by the ideas of freedom.)
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15 posted on 09/01/2008 7:05:30 AM PDT by frankjr
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To: Jeff Head
Russians are lauding Prime Minister Vladimir Putin after he reportedly saved scientists and a film crew from a huge escaped tiger in the Russian Far East. The tiger was no match for the judo champion...

Judo? On a tiger?

Oh, wait! There's more. ...and former KGB agent with a tranquilizer rifle.

What? A tranq gun? What kind of Judo KGB agent uses a tranq gun?

Sheesh! I thought he actually saved someone by out-tigering the the tiger.

What a Wuss!

17 posted on 09/01/2008 7:07:07 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I would have never believed it! Even Putin is trying to impress the girl from Alaska. Sounds like he has given up on Obama


18 posted on 09/01/2008 7:09:38 AM PDT by realcleanguy ("I have not yet begun to fight")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Kim Jong Il wudda done it Annie Oakley style: backwards over the shoulder through a mirror.


19 posted on 09/01/2008 7:17:31 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (His Negritude has made his negritude the central theme of this campaign)
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To: NCBraveheart

I heard that God asks Chuck Norris for help with math homework.


20 posted on 09/01/2008 7:19:03 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (His Negritude has made his negritude the central theme of this campaign)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Only when the target is a poor peon.
21 posted on 09/01/2008 7:20:13 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

You underestimate Beloved Leader. The first time he tried golf he had 18 holes-in-one. (Must have been a par 16 course.) If he went bowling with Obama, he’d roll 301.


22 posted on 09/01/2008 7:23:28 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (His Negritude has made his negritude the central theme of this campaign)
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To: Constitutional Patriot

This is right up there with Kim Jung Il’s 38-under par with 11 hole-in-one’s he shot for his FIRST round of golf.


23 posted on 09/01/2008 7:23:35 AM PDT by cincinnati65 (Lucky participant in 189 different Nigerian business deals......still waiting on payment.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

So he shot a tranquilizer gun after pulling some judo moves with a tiger. OK, let’s kick it up several notches and see if he can save his ass when he goes hunting with Cheney.


24 posted on 09/01/2008 7:37:34 AM PDT by G8 Diplomat (The thing about politics is it's never so bad that it can't get worse)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Sounds like the russians are becoming a big of liars as the North Koreans when it comes to little Kim.
Kim on his first golf game made what 6 or 8 holes in one?
Putin the kgb stooge is all things to all men.
Sounds like hooey ya know.


25 posted on 09/01/2008 7:42:38 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Idi Amin wrestles crocodile again! Film at 11.


26 posted on 09/01/2008 7:42:56 AM PDT by Gorzaloon
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To: Joe Boucher
Putin has malignant Ostalgie.
27 posted on 09/01/2008 7:47:48 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Are Russians really that credulous?
28 posted on 09/01/2008 7:49:43 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Here they come boys! As thick as grass, and as black as thunder!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Sounds like that’s what the scientists planned to do - tranquilize the tiger to gather data.

They let (okay, they HAD to let) Putin do the tranquilizing instead of one of the crew.

That said, although Putin is a creepy commie, there’s nothing wrong with being manly. I hope someday it comes back in style in the US, and the metrosexuals wither away.


29 posted on 09/01/2008 7:53:16 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: G8 Diplomat
let’s kick it up several notches and see if he can save his ass when he goes hunting with Cheney.

LOL! How about the Viking kitties? I'll bet he'd be outmatched there too!

30 posted on 09/01/2008 7:58:56 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Elmo Lincon did it with a knife!
31 posted on 09/01/2008 8:12:09 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Where was Putin on that “bears attack Russian miners” story some weeks back? LOL


32 posted on 09/01/2008 8:28:41 AM PDT by TNdandelion (Paris Hilton for Prez! That's hot.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
a tiger escaped from scientists working nearby and threatened the film crew.

Putin brought the tiger down with the rifle

I say BS.

Tranquilizers don't work that fast do they?

They make is sound as if the tiger was one step away from eating the crew and Putie shot it down in an instant.

33 posted on 09/01/2008 8:40:57 AM PDT by SteamShovel (Global Warming, the New Patriotism)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This was a Nicolae Ceausescu scam ages ago.


34 posted on 09/01/2008 8:43:42 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: cincinnati65

“This is right up there with Kim Jung Il’s 38-under par with 11 hole-in-one’s he shot for his FIRST round of golf.”

There’s no need to exaggerate. It was only 5 hole-in-ones.


35 posted on 09/02/2008 1:03:45 AM PDT by sbelew
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To: Lasha

and here. And I agree with you. Shocking. Unbelieveable.
So pathetically transparent.


36 posted on 09/03/2008 3:51:23 AM PDT by MarMema ("..this isn't about the U.S. and Russia, It's about everyone and Russia.")
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To: TigersEye

I hope you were not associated...


37 posted on 09/03/2008 3:52:09 AM PDT by MarMema ("..this isn't about the U.S. and Russia, It's about everyone and Russia.")
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To: Constitutional Patriot

Are the Russian people really buying this guy? ===

You’d be surpirzed, but THEY ARE!


38 posted on 09/03/2008 4:04:59 AM PDT by Lasha
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