MOSCOW, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A Russian man said he will employ the assistance of his pet leopard in defending his Moscow home from demolition.
Sergie Bobyshev, of the Rechnik settlement, a rural area of the Russian capital, said the residents of the area were granted the land during the era of Soviet rule, RIA Novosti reported Sunday.
"We will fight to the bitter end," Bobyshev said, adding that his "very affectionate pet cat" will help him keep officials and construction workers away.
An investigation in 2006 spurred by an environmental watchdog group, Rosprirodnadzor, looked into 400 private homes built on land belonging to a federal canal agency. Most of the buildings were legalized, but court decisions have been handed down permitting demolition of the others, the news service said.
Bobyshev and the owners of several dozen of the residences on the protected land said they simply had been forgotten, RIA Novosti said.