Putin saves TV crew from Siberian tiger


Scott Free
#1
Russia's Putin saves TV crew from Siberian tiger

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was feted by Russian media on Sunday for saving a television crew from an attack by a Siberian tiger in the wilds of the Far East.

Putin, taking a break from lambasting the West over Georgia, apparently saved the crew while on a trip to a national park to see how researchers monitor the tigers in the wild.

Just as Putin was arriving with a group of wildlife specialists to see a trapped Amur tiger, it escaped and ran towards a nearby camera crew, the country's main television station said. Putin quickly shot the beast and sedated it with a tranquilizer gun.

"Vladimir Putin not only managed to see the giant predator up close but also saved our television crew too," a presenter on Rossiya television said at the start of the main evening news.

The 55-year-old former KGB spy, who cultivated a macho image during his eight years as the Kremlin chief, was shown striding through the taiga in camouflage and desert boots before grappling with the feline foe.

He helped measure the Amur tiger's incisors before placing a satellite transmitter around the neck of the beast, which can weigh up to 1,000 lb and measure around ten feet from nose to the tip of the tail.

The Amur tiger, the world's biggest wild cat, has recently pounced back from the brink of extinction to hit its highest population level for at least 100 years, the WWF said last year.

Putin thanked Western researchers for being involved in programs to save the Amur tigers.

"First of all, we must thank our colleagues, Americans, European colleagues for being involved with this during a difficult time for Russia when no-one was paying any attention to this," Putin said.

Putin last year made it into glossy magazines across the world by donning combat trousers and baring his muscular torso for photographers while on a fishing trip in the Yenisei river.

Sensitive to a growing environmental movement in Russia, Putin as president redrew a planned oil pipeline route to avoid Lake Baikal and scrapped plans for an Olympic village near Sochi that could have damaged local flora and fauna.
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Bloody hell

Let's see Harper try and top that
 
Zan
#2
Quote: Originally Posted by Scott Free View Post


Bloody hell

Let's see Harper try and top that

loll - somehow I don't think a vid of Harper tranquilizing a moose would have the same impact.
 
lone wolf
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by Zan View Post

loll - somehow I don't think a vid of Harper tranquilizing a moose would have the same impact.

Naw ... but an image of a tiger knee deep in excrement and needlenose at full gallop shouting "Bad Kitty!" comes to mind....
 
Kreskin
#4
Cheney tried this. While trying to save everyone from wild duck he shot his buddy in the ass.
 
Zan
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by Kreskin View Post

Cheney tried this. While trying to save everyone from wild duck he shot his buddy in the ass.

lol - now there's a good definition for 'backfired'
 
Colpy
#6
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

First of all, Cheney, going for the Animal Rights vote, saved a quail from his rampaging buddy by shooting his friend in the face. Peta should be awarding him a medal.

Secondly, and seriously, tranquilizers take some minutes to find a vein, course through the system, and put the animal out. By the time this tiger was effectively sedated, the camera crew would have been partially digested.

Can you say set-up?

 
Kreskin
#7
Very true Colpy. This one has bovine scattology written all over it.
 
#juan
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by Scott Free View Post

Russia's Putin saves TV crew from Siberian tiger

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was feted by Russian media on Sunday for saving a television crew from an attack by a Siberian tiger in the wilds of the Far East.

Putin, taking a break from lambasting the West over Georgia, apparently saved the crew while on a trip to a national park to see how researchers monitor the tigers in the wild.

Just as Putin was arriving with a group of wildlife specialists to see a trapped Amur tiger, it escaped and ran towards a nearby camera crew, the country's main television station said. Putin quickly shot the beast and sedated it with a tranquilizer gun.

"Vladimir Putin not only managed to see the giant predator up close but also saved our television crew too," a presenter on Rossiya television said at the start of the main evening news.

The 55-year-old former KGB spy, who cultivated a macho image during his eight years as the Kremlin chief, was shown striding through the taiga in camouflage and desert boots before grappling with the feline foe.

He helped measure the Amur tiger's incisors before placing a satellite transmitter around the neck of the beast, which can weigh up to 1,000 lb and measure around ten feet from nose to the tip of the tail.

The Amur tiger, the world's biggest wild cat, has recently pounced back from the brink of extinction to hit its highest population level for at least 100 years, the WWF said last year.

Putin thanked Western researchers for being involved in programs to save the Amur tigers.

"First of all, we must thank our colleagues, Americans, European colleagues for being involved with this during a difficult time for Russia when no-one was paying any attention to this," Putin said.

Putin last year made it into glossy magazines across the world by donning combat trousers and baring his muscular torso for photographers while on a fishing trip in the Yenisei river.

Sensitive to a growing environmental movement in Russia, Putin as president redrew a planned oil pipeline route to avoid Lake Baikal and scrapped plans for an Olympic village near Sochi that could have damaged local flora and fauna.
Source


Bloody hell

Let's see Harper try and top that

This story smells a little. Did that tranquilizer work that fast or was that just not a very determined tiger. From what I've seen those tranquilizers generally take a few minutes to take affect.
 
Scott Free
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by Colpy View Post

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

First of all, Cheney, going for the Animal Rights vote, saved a quail from his rampaging buddy by shooting his friend in the face. Peta should be awarding him a medal.

Secondly, and seriously, tranquilizers take some minutes to find a vein, course through the system, and put the animal out. By the time this tiger was effectively sedated, the camera crew would have been partially digested.

Can you say set-up?

I thought the same thing. I suspect he used a bullet. The Reuters story went on to explain how Putin is an environmentalist which sounds suspiciously like spin.
 
#juan
#10
Harper could put a moose to sleep in minutes with one of his speeches....
 
karrie
#11
Did he shoot and sedate it with a traquilizer gun? Or did he shoot it AND sedate it with a tranquilizer gun? Slightly unclear writing.
 
Scott Free
#12
In my cyberspace travels to find out how quickly a tranquilizer dart works I found this video: Man shot in @ss --> warning: shows a man in a lot of pain and screaming.

As for the other: it takes a while but the pain and shock from being shot may have convinced the tiger to cool it a bit and given the drug time to work.
 
Unforgiven
#13
Come on guys, did you ever think that maybe the tiger was a little tired from the trip from the zoo to the "op" site? gaaa
 
Lester
#14
Doesn't exactly say how long the tiger was concious or how far away from the crew it was when he shot/tranquilized it. Every episode of "untamed world" I've watched showed it taking awhile for a tranquilizer to take effect- It does look a little suspect IMHO
 
Scott Free
#15
The effect of a tranquilizer depends on what's in it and where it hit.
 
talloola
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by Kreskin View Post

Cheney tried this. While trying to save everyone from wild duck he shot his buddy in the ass.

What a story that was, I'm having a good laugh all by myself with the memory, and all of
the funny stories that followed. I did wonder after that, what it would have been like if he had of 'killed' his friend. How on earth would the white house have handled that one, and of
course he would never have been charged with anything, and maybe the story would have
been very different, like, 'the fellow had a heart attack and fell on his gun', could be one
version.
 
Praxius
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by Colpy View Post

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

First of all, Cheney, going for the Animal Rights vote, saved a quail from his rampaging buddy by shooting his friend in the face. Peta should be awarding him a medal.

Secondly, and seriously, tranquilizers take some minutes to find a vein, course through the system, and put the animal out. By the time this tiger was effectively sedated, the camera crew would have been partially digested.

Can you say set-up?

Could have been a setup.... sounds like a setup, and based on the timing of all this, very well could be a setup for propaganda purposes..... but then again, it very well could have happened.

Sure you shoot a dart at a tiger, it's not going to knock him out instantly, but a dart passing through your skin doesn't tickle, and perhaps stunned or distracted the tiger in it's attack, giving enough time for them to get away..... I know.... a stretch, but who knows.

Then again, how far away was the tiger from the crew when it was shot?

It could have been political and a setup.... and most likely was.... yet there isn't very much evidence proving one way or another at this time.
 
Praxius
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by Scott Free View Post

I thought the same thing. I suspect he used a bullet. The Reuters story went on to explain how Putin is an environmentalist which sounds suspiciously like spin.

Yeah the first report I seen, although very quickly passing by the tv, said he shot the tiger.... I didn't hear anything about a tranq.... though I could have missed that.

I mean, sure, the tiger "Could" have been coming at the cameracrew and Putin tranq'd the thing before it attacked them..... then again, the Tiger "Could" have also been 20 or more feet away, giving ample time to stop it.

Remove a few details, exagerate here and there, and you might have this story.

Then again, as mentioned earlier..... it's pretty damn hard for any of us in the West to actually believe any of our own politicians would be put in a similar situation, let alone be able to save someone's life..... so it's not suprising we'd all be questioning this situation.
 
Praxius
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by #juan View Post

Harper could put a moose to sleep in minutes with one of his speeches....

Yet Dion seems to speak the same language as a moose, so he'd probably do a better job:

"Meee' Ook at der promiseszez ou der le moosi our d'leur du poo poo Kon'feder'at'i'on Moo Moo...."

Yeah, never mind.... he'd get mounted and made into a bi'atch.
 
Praxius
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by Lester View Post

Doesn't exactly say how long the tiger was concious or how far away from the crew it was when he shot/tranquilized it. Every episode of "untamed world" I've watched showed it taking awhile for a tranquilizer to take effect- It does look a little suspect IMHO

Most of the wildlife shows I've followed through my life, were usually in regards to very large animals taking a while to go down, such as a polar bear or elephant...... but I imagine it does take a bit of time for other animals of average size to go down, but I don't believe it's very long.

Added:

Not to mention, when you have an animal such as a tiger coming at a crowd of people or other animals, as soon as they get attacked or injured in someway, they begin to quickly realise they're not in a winning situation being outnumbered and injured and then try to take flight (Or try and take everyone else with them before they go down) So another way it could have happened was that the tiger was coming at them, Putin lays one into the tiger, the tiger feels the injury and then turns and bolts, only to drop a few feet afterwards.

At this point, it's all guess work I suppose. It stinks like a political ploy, but until it can be proven, I guess I could say it happened.... I mean, if it did or didn't.... it has no actual affect on our lives.
 

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