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    A tranquilizer gun,

    A camera crew about to be eaten by a tiger,

    A terrific photo-op for Russia's Prime Minister who just kicked Georgia's ***.

    What else can I say????

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    Russia's Putin saves TV crew from Siberian tiger
    By Guy Faulconbridge Sun Aug 31, 3:01 PM ET



    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was feted by Russian media on Sunday for saving a television crew from an attack by a Siberian tiger in the wilds of the Far East.

    Putin, taking a break from lambasting the West over Georgia, apparently saved the crew while on a trip to a national park to see how researchers monitor the tigers in the wild.

    Just as Putin was arriving with a group of wildlife specialists to see a trapped Amur tiger, it escaped and ran towards a nearby camera crew, the country's main television station said. Putin quickly shot the beast and sedated it with a tranquilizer gun.

    "Vladimir Putin not only managed to see the giant predator up close but also saved our television crew too," a presenter on Rossiya television said at the start of the main evening news.

    The 55-year-old former KGB spy, who cultivated a macho image during his eight years as the Kremlin chief, was shown striding through the taiga in camouflage and desert boots before grappling with the feline foe.

    He helped measure the Amur tiger's incisors before placing a satellite transmitter around the neck of the beast, which can weigh up to 1,000 lb and measure around ten feet from nose to the tip of the tail.

    The Amur tiger, the world's biggest wild cat, has recently pounced back from the brink of extinction to hit its highest population level for at least 100 years, the WWF said last year.

    Putin thanked Western researchers for being involved in programs to save the Amur tigers.

    "First of all, we must thank our colleagues, Americans, European colleagues for being involved with this during a difficult time for Russia when no-one was paying any attention to this," Putin said.

    Putin last year made it into glossy magazines across the world by donning combat trousers and baring his muscular torso for photographers while on a fishing trip in the Yenisei river.

    Sensitive to a growing environmental movement in Russia, Putin as president redrew a planned oil pipeline route to avoid Lake Baikal and scrapped plans for an Olympic village near Sochi that could have damaged local flora and fauna.

    (editing by Sami Aboudi)

  • #2
    his badass factor went up, I don't care who he is
    "Friendly Fire, isn't"

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    • #3
      I have to admit, if I saw something like that charging I'd want a whole lot more than a stinkin' tranq gun!

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      • #4
        again, this is coming out of Russia, show me the video, then I'll believe it.
        “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

        "You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him."

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        • #5
          Originally posted by justhomp View Post
          again, this is coming out of Russia, show me the video, then I'll believe it.
          This is true but Putin is KGB and has been doing Judo since he was 14, so it wouldn't surprise me if this was true.
          "The deepest human defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact become."

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          • #6
            Oh, it wouldn't surprise me at all, especially since things like this occur.

            I'm just saying before everyone puts their kneepads on, they should look at the source.
            “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

            "You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him."

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            • #7
              Originally posted by justhomp View Post
              Oh, it wouldn't surprise me at all, especially since things like this occur.

              I'm just saying before everyone puts their kneepads on, they should look at the source.
              The source?!?!?! It is Reuters, after all; a credited International Wire Service. You can't get anymore credible.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Stormy View Post
                The source?!?!?! It is Reuters, after all; a credited International Wire Service. You can't get anymore credible.
                Except they're reporting a story that originally came from inside of Russia.


                Just as Putin was arriving with a group of wildlife specialists to see a trapped Amur tiger, it escaped and ran towards a nearby camera crew, the country's main television station said. Putin quickly shot the beast and sedated it with a tranquilizer gun.
                “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

                "You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him."

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jb5722
                  i'm with justhomp, i wouldn't put it past the russians to have staged the incident. after all, aren't russian news agency's state run?


                  And, no more different from Russia's state-run news agencies than the US main stream news media controlled by the WH administration. Do you think Fox News is 'fair and balanced' in reporting news? Or does the WH public relations corp puts a spin on the story, and passes it off as news? Does Rush Limbaugh really represent America's conservative point-of-view? Hmmm, I don't think so.

                  While Putin's visit to a jungle habitat, and the subsequent supposed life-saving act, showed the world his compassion for saving lives; an outstanding photo-op to say the least in it's effect on world opinion. It was like a night and day comparison between the two world leaders.
                  Last edited by Stormy; 11-02-2008, 12:19 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Stormy View Post
                    No different than the Bush landing on the US Carrier, proclaiming 'Mission Accomplished', before the smoke even cleared in Iraq. Now we're only 4,000 dead US soldiers, and over 1 million dead Iraqis into the war since this photo-op, and no end in sight with McCain promising 100 more years of war.

                    And, no more different from Russia's state-run news agencies than the US main stream news media controlled by the WH administration. Do you think Fox News is 'fair and balanced' in reporting news? Or does the WH public relations corp puts a spin on the story, and passes it off as news? Does Rush Limbaugh really represent America's conservative point-of-view? Hmmm, I don't think so.

                    American news agencies simply are controlled differently from Russia's news agencies. Here's an example; the main difference between Putin's photo-op and Bush's, is the humanitarian factor; one tried using it to declare premature victory in a war, and with that, saving military lives. It failed later when flag-draped caskets of dead soldiers flown home weren't allowed to be photographed by the media. It came across as though we were ashamed of their mission.

                    While Putin's visit to a jungle habitat, and the subsequent supposed life-saving act, showed the world his compassion for saving lives; an outstanding photo-op to say the least in it's effect on world opinion. It was like a night and day comparison between the two world leaders.
                    Wow....

                    Well, the only thing I'm going to address here is the "photo op" on the carrier. He was there to say "All major military actions are complete" which was TRUE. We invaded and the force on force fighting was finished.

                    As far as Putin... well... hope you're wearing kneepads....
                    “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

                    "You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him."

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