Stork Detained for Spying in Egypt

    A migrating stork is held in a police station after a citizen suspected it of being a spy and brought it to the authorities in the Qena governorate, some 450 kilometers (280 miles) southeast of Cairo, Egypt.  Officials say the man suspected the bird was an undercover agent because it carried an electronic device. (AP Photo)


    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.

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