Putin to fly with cranes

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Posted: Sep 5, 2012 7:31 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Sep 5, 2012 7:31 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Vladimir Putin, cranes, fake beak, motorized hang-gldier, south

Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning to take a page out of the the movie "Fly Away Home" by putting on a fake beak to lead a flock of endangered Siberian white cranes on part of their migration to Asia. He'll pilot a motorized hang-glider to guide them since the cranes were raised in captivity and don't know how to fly south. Putin's spokesman says the flight will take place "one of these days." One newspaper reports it'll be before Friday when Putin chairs the APEC summit in Vladivostok. Putin, in the past, has posed with a tiger cub and rode a horse bare-chested.

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