Gallery: Vladimir Putin Takes to the Skies in Bid to Lead Endangered Si...


As reported by the Guardian, Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unlikely attempt yesterday to lead endangered cranes born in captivity in the Arctic north along their migration path to nesting sites in Iran and India. Taking to the air in a motorized hang glider—purportedly purchased for the task by Putin himself—the often-embattled politician hoped to start the endangered birds on their route from Siberia. While it seems only one lone white Siberian Crane chick opted to follow the glider on its first flight, Putin’s efforts have brought attention to the plight of the critically endangered birds, of which there are believed to be fewer than 3,000 left in the wild.

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