It's a Bird! No, It's Putin's Latest Crazy Gambit
Pooty-poot escorts endangered cranes ... dressed like a bird
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2012 7:24 AM CDT
Vladimir Putin prepares for a flight in a motorized hang glider, on the Yamal Peninsula, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.   (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

(Newser) – Vladimir Putin hasn't proven to be the biggest hit with Russians of late, so what's a hockey star/fake archaeologist/shirtless horseman/whale hunter/virgin lover to do? Most politicians might kiss a baby, but Putin opted for the logical alternative: The Russian president yesterday suited up like a bird and glided across the sky, heroically leading six endangered Siberian cranes on an Arctic odyssey to their winter feeding grounds. No, really. The New York Times can't make this stuff up.

Dubbed "the Flight of Hope," Putin indeed piloted a motorized glider with the endangered birds following willingly along. “For cranes, the parent is a man in a white robe,” says a game preserve official. “They don’t remember a particular person. They remember the white robe and hood, or on the ultralight, a white helmet—and a special beak that is worn on the head.” Special beak, eh? The Internet lit up with chortles over Putin's latest: “For the flock to recognize him as a leader he stuffed three feathers in his rear," scoffed one widely circulated tweet. (In more political Putin news, Reuters has a look at an interview today in which he praises "honest" President Obama, blasts "mistaken" Mitt Romney, and suggests the rest of the world re-evaluate its stance on Syria.)

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Sep 7, 2012 9:13 AM CDT
putin is smart like a fox! all of this "stuff" he is doing is to push his new vodka comp when he goes out of office!
Sep 6, 2012 1:41 PM CDT
Glad to see that Putin is not a stick in the mud. Pussy Riot apparently gave him a license to have fun!
Sep 6, 2012 10:06 AM CDT
Russia needs to adjust Putin's vodka dosage. It's either too high or too low. Right now it is sitting at batshit crane crazy level.