Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Putin It On For the Cameras

Recently eaten: lamb chop
Recent annoyance: a random alarm in my neighbor's apartment was going off for hours

In other news, President Bush saved 2 secret service agents from a squirrel on the White House lawn. And from the international desk, Putin says, "The tiger was a formidable foe, and delicious."

Putin Saves TV Crew from Siberian Tiger (via YahooNews)
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.

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