Animal instincts: Sarah Palin vs. Vladimir Putin [SLIDESHOW]

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has tried recently to beef-up his image as a manly man or, in the words of his camp, “as a man of deeds in case he returns to the presidency in 2012.”  Putin has accomplished this by appearing “caught on camera” while outdoors fishing, taking long walks and “[enjoying] “events involving the participation of fauna.”

Putin, however, has some pretty stiff competition in the possible-2012-rugged-presidential-candidate department, albeit for different countries.  And until last night’s episode of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” he may not have realized just how stiff. In the episode, the ex-Governor is faced with a dilemma: what to do with a dwindling supply of moose meat in the freezer.  Her solution? Easy. Go out and hunt caribou with Papa Palin, of course.

Out of curiosity, we decided to compare Sarah Palin’s wilderness candids with Putin’s, just to see how they match up.  There can’t be too much of a difference, right?

Here, then, is a look at the rugged, outdoorsy activities of Sarah Palin vs. Vladimir Putin: