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Russians see Putin's face in flock of New York birds

By Ben Hooper
Russians see Putin's face in flock of New York birds
Russian TV station Zvezda said the shape in this flock of birds over New York appears to be the face of President Vladimir Putin. Sheryl Gilbert/YouTube video screenshot

NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A video showing the "strange behavior" of birds in New York is going viral after a Russian news station spotted the shape of Vladimir Putin's face in the flock.

The video, posted to YouTube by Sheryl Gilbert, purports to show the "strange behavior of birds" flying in a flock near the Brooklyn Bridge.

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The video went viral in Russia after news station Zvezda aired the footage and reporters said a shape seen in a close-up of the birds appears to be the face of President Vladimir Putin.

The station, owned by the Russian Defense Ministry, cautioned the video could have been faked, but Gregory West, who identified himself as Gilbert's husband, said on Twitter the footage was real and shot from a tour bus during a recent visit to New York.

"Saw it several days ago during a trip and that's amazing! Can you see the face? Who is it?" West tweeted.

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