Standing on the other side of the fence was Russian prime minister, and animal lover, Vladimir Putin, who smiled broadly.
Leopard The rare Persian leopard is one of two that Iran recently gifted to Russia in exchange for two Amur, or Siberian, Tigers. Putin was on hand to open an enclosure for Russia’s new cats, the second of which was too ill to come out, according to Russia Today.
"Ill?" Right. More like scared out of its mind. Putin will kick the shit out of it.
Tough guy Putin is an unlikely environmentalist but has spearheaded efforts to protect Russia’s endangered tigers, famously shooting one on a monitoring trip in 2008 with a tranquilizer dart when it escaped. Russian TV later claimed he saved the visiting camera crew from a mauling.
Of course he did.