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Vladimir Putin releases Siberian Tiger into wild, mauls goats in China

Long distance trek for food
By Ben Gourlay from Nov 25, 2014 @ 18:50 CST

There's undoubtedly a personality cult around Russian President Vladimir Putin, which regularly throws up weird and wonderful news stories, but today's takes the cake. It seems that in June, Mr Putin, a would-be conservationist with a passion for large cats, released three Siberian Tigers into the wild. The tigers have been tracked and are reportedly to blame for a spate of goat murders in China.

 

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According to China's Xinhua news agency and reported by Retuers, one of the three tigers, named Ustin, has beeen blamed for the death of two goats, with a further three goats still missing. According to Xinhua, the two dead goat skulls had been brutally crushed, with visible puncture holes "the size of a human finger".

 

Putin, long under fire by the international community for alleged human rights violations and Russia's implication in the horrific downing of civilian aircraft MH-17 has but a few international allies, but by far it's largest and most important is China. It remains to be seen if these recent goat murders will change the dynamic.



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