Putin Shoots Whale With Crossbow
'Action man' PM joins scientific expedition
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2010 3:06 AM CDT
Updated Aug 26, 2010 5:41 AM CDT
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(Newser) – In his latest effort to remind his countrymen of his machismo, Russian leader Vladimir Putin yesterday shot a gray whale with a dart from a crossbow. The prime minister, on a rubber boat in choppy seas, hit the gray whale on his fourth attempt to collect a skin sample, the Independent reports. Putin has previously been photographed shooting a tiger, fighting wildfires, flying a fighter plane, and swimming in a freezing lake.

Wildlife groups weren't impressed by Putin's foray into the world of whale research, Reuters notes. The International Fund for Animal Welfare issued a statement slamming Putin for staging a "save-the-whales" photo-op while the activities of a state-controlled oil company nearby threatened the same population of whales that the expedition he joined is studying.

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iq145
Nov 13, 2013 6:22 PM CST
Well, at least he's proving one thing... THAT is the true way to do research on whales. Not this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNFHXwIbz8M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugLavL-LdvU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP7ZoO9aLZ8
Ucantusethatname
Oct 25, 2010 8:03 AM CDT
What's next? Lassoing BS?
lolerskates
Aug 30, 2010 12:49 PM CDT
LOL @ enviornmentalist groups trying to slam Putin. What are you going to do to the guy? send him an envornmentally friendly finger wagging via email? He'll come back at you with a bit of Polonium210 to seal the deal. I prefer his foreign policy route than to Obamas, bowing down before King Saud....