It appears there are no limits to the talents of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He was in Siberia on Wednesday to teach young Siberian cranes raised in captivity the route to southern migration in Central Asia.
Aside from Putin’s carefully-groomed action man image, he is also a keen animal lover.
But that love for all things feathery and furry failed to translate into success.
Just a handful of the endangered birds followed the president’s microlite.
Putin said he would try again, but that it should not be done for fun. “It should be useful,” he said.
Russia’s daredevil president has previously ridden bare-chested on horseback, biked with Hells Angels and battled wildfires.
Birdman Putin bids to save endangered species