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EYE IN THE SKY Stork Detained for Spying in Egypt AP

Stork Detained for Spying in Egypt

Tensions are so high in Egypt, not even migratory birds are immune from suspicion. A man southeast of Cairo captured a stork with a device strapped to its leg, believing it to be a surveillance tool. A veterinary committee convened by government officials concluded that it was instead a wildlife tracker used by French scientists, and that it stopped working when the stork crossed the French border. It's not the first time Egyptian citizens have suspected wildlife of espionage: Earlier this year, a security guard reported a pigeon he said was carrying microfilm, and in 2010 a rumor attributed a series of shark attacks to an Israeli plot.

September 2, 2013 8:45 AM