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These Tigers Brought to You by Vladimir Putin

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Posted on Nov 22, 2010
AP / RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, pool

The Russian outdoorsman-in-chief is hosting an international summit to save the tiger. In the last century, the world tiger population has dropped from 100,000 to 3,200, and continued demand for illicit tiger products threatens the survival of the species. Not on Putin’s watch.  —PZS

AP via Yahoo:

Tigers once roamed most of Eurasia from the Tigris River to Siberia and Indonesia. But in the past century, the number of countries that are home to tigers has dropped to 13 from 25, while three of the nine tiger subspecies have become extinct. The World Wildlife Fund and other experts say only about 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, a dramatic plunge from an estimated 100,000 a century ago.

Russia is among the 13 countries with remaining tiger populations, and the St. Petersburg summit is hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. He has bolstered his image by posing with a cuddly cub and placing a tracking collar on a full-grown female in the country’s Far East.

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By a human, March 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment
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i can feel whatever the tiger felt that day BECAUSE both of us are hunted by vladimir putin. cool !

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By ejreed, November 23, 2010 at 9:44 pm Link to this comment

Nations Gather to Save Tigers  
In St. Petersburg, 13 nations are engaged in an unprecedented forum to find ways to double tiger numbers by 2022. Saving tigers means saving forests and biodiversity. Nations hope to find economically beneficial ways of increasing the tiger population. http://www.newslook.com/videos/268134-nations-gather-to-save-tigers?autoplay=true

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By Queenie, November 22, 2010 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment

Vladimir Putin strikes me as a true Renaissance man. A great leader, yes, but far more than that.

It is written somewhere, I can’t recall, that the savior of the world would come from the great bear, Russia. Not that I believe in ancient prophesy, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Mr. Putin will have a great roll to play on the global stage to help turn things around for the betterment of mankind.

I mean, good lord, is there anything this man can’t do when he is decides to do it? Remarkable.

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By gerard, November 22, 2010 at 8:52 pm Link to this comment

I’d trade a “Mama Grizzly” for a tiger any day!  How about you?  Seriously—or not?—astrologically speaking, I’m a “tiger.”  (Mdgr won’t be surprised.)

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By PatrickHenry, November 22, 2010 at 8:17 pm Link to this comment

I like Putin more than alot of American politicians.

He shows a semblance of backbone and an ability to stand up to zionists and Israel.

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By omygodnotagain, November 22, 2010 at 7:17 pm Link to this comment

One of the truly great leaders in the world today, a man who brought down the bandit Oligarchs backed by Jacob Rothchild.  Mr Putin the world needs you to finish the job

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