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Putin visits wild horse reserve in Urals

October 03, 2016 - 1:40 PM

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited a natural reserve that houses rare wild horses.

Putin, on a visit Monday to the Orenburg region in the southern Ural Mountains, led the Przewalski's horses from a fenced enclosure into the steppe.

The reserve serves as a breeding ground for the rare horse, which has become nearly extinct in the wild in Russia. It currently houses a small team of horses from France in order to reintroduce them into their natural habitat.

The Russian action-man president has relished appearing with animals in stage-managed media events. Putin has petted a polar bear, ridden a horse bare-chested, flown a motorized hang glider with cranes and shot a tiger with a tranquilizer gun to tag it with GPS collar.

News from © The Associated Press, 2016
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