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Snow leopards are an endangered species native to Asia. They're also one of the official mascots of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. So when Russian scientists found one of the rare cats earlier this month, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin took the time to visit him over the weekend. The World Wildlife Fund has said the leopard should be released into the wild, which it was, right after Putin and the cameras took their leave.
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