September 5, 2012
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-Putin in a glider
-Putin leading birds to safety
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First, he shot a tiger with a tranquilizer dart.
Then he put a tracker on a wild bear.
Now Vladimir Putin's animal odyssey continues -- with a flock of Siberian cranes.
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The Russian president got airborne in a motorized glider to help teach the rare birds how to fly south for the winter.
The cranes were raised in captivity, so they couldn't learn to migrate the natural way.
Mister Putin was accompanied by a team of conservationists.
RUSSIA PUTIN FLYING