Russian Prime Minister Putin Shoots Whale, One Ups Texas Governor Rick Perry

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is one tough guy.  He is a former KBG agent who likes to show off his manliness and cultivate a macho image of himself in the Russian and international press.  He is no girlie man as the Governator would say.

But being photographed fishing bare chested, swimming in icy rivers, attaching collars to polar bears and shooting a wild leopard with a tranquilizer gun was not enough for Putin after he heard about what Texas Governor Rick Perry did.

When Putin heard that Governor Perry shot and killed a coyote with this personal concealed carry weapon, a Ruger .380 with Crimson Trace laser grips, while out on his morning jog he must of assembled his best aides to ponder how he could top this one.  And then just to rub salt in Putin’s battered ego Ruger went ahead and released a limited edition Ruger .380 to commemorate the event, the Ruger .380 True Texan Coyote Special.

What did Putin and his aides come up with to regain his macho image?  To shoot a grey whale with a crossbow from a moving boat in the freezing cold ocean of course!

Putin has officially one upped Governor Perry.  How can Governor Perry top this one?  My only suggestion is to take a full grown feral Russian boar with his bare hands.

Here is the Yahoo News story

MOSCOW – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin fired darts from a crossbow at a gray whale off Russia’s Far Eastern coast on Wednesday in the latest in a series of man-versus-nature stunts designed to cultivate the image of a macho leader.

Putin held his balance in a rubber boat that was being tossed around in choppy waters off the Kamchatka Peninsula, and eventually hit the whale with a special arrow designed to collect skin samples.

“I hit it at the fourth try!” a beaming Putin, kitted out in black-and-orange waterproof suit and black beanie, yelled to a camera crew from the boat.

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