Putin, who turned 56 on Oct. 7, was shown stroking the two- month-old tigress at a meeting with Russian journalists at his residence outside Moscow.
The prime minister said he was thinking of naming her Mashenka or Milashka. The tigress, who now weighs 10 kilograms, is sleeping in a basket at his home and will soon be transferred to a zoo, he said. Putin wouldn’t reveal who gave him the present, while saying it was his most original birthday gift.
We’re glad that Putin is not keeping the tiger at home with Koni the lab and his secret family poodle, but we would rather he just returned it to the wild.
He should follow the example set by the guys in this YouTube blockbuster lion video: