Russia's President Vladimir Putin caresses a Persian leopard cub as he visits the Persian leopard breeding and rehabilitation centre in the National Park in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, on Feb. 4, 2014.
Credit: Alexey Nikolsky

Among Putin's many talents, it seems, is knowing what animals are really thinking.

On Tuesday, while cuddling a leopard in Sochi, the Russian president said: "I like animals, it seems I have a feeling for them. We liked each other."

How does he know they liked him back? He just does.

Putin has a feeling for animals. And they have a feeling back.


1) Walrus feels like being cordial to Putin

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2) Deer feels like eating what's in Putin's hand

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3) Huge pike fish feels like Putin's got him by the gills

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4) Doggies feel a teensy bit violated by Putin

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5) Leopard feels so super psyched at being remembered by Putin

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6) Doggie feels like someone told Putin his secret spot

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7) Cow feels sort of penned in by Putin

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8) Sturgeon feels like Putin could have at least shown everyone his good side

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9) Doggie feels like a kiss on the cheek doesn't really count

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10) Beluga feels like Putin could have totally brought the good stuff from Moscow

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11) Horsie feels like if he sees that look of Putin's one more time ...

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12) Horsie feels like Putin's been quiet for a long time. Too long.

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13) Polar bear isn't feeling much. Thanks, Putin.

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14) Moose feels like at that angle, he's gonna be up all night

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15) Puppy feels like whatever it takes

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16) Puppy feels like this kid has no idea

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17) Doggie feels like Putin has no backhand

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18) Doggie feels like Merkel ain't half bad

(Axel Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

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