President Putin drove Jean Claude Killy, former French Olympian and International Olympic Committee (IOC) official, and IOC Executive Director Gilbert Felli to the nature reserve near the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
But a six-month-old Persian leopard cub, Grom (Thunder), attacked two journalists inside a cage, scratching one on the hand and biting the other on the knee, RIA Novosti news agency said.
Footage broadcast on state TV showed the Russian president cuddling the leopard. seemingly at ease, commenting: “I like animals, it seems I have a feeling for them. We liked each other.”
I guess he’s a cat person.