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Bird arrested on suspicion of spying

Original Source: NYDailyNews and abcLocal

You may have heard of carrier pigeons being used to transport secret, official messages. Well how about a swan being used as a French spy?

Earlier this week, a story broke out about a swan that was detained, behind bars, in an Egyptian jail in Qena, after it was spotted with an electronic device attached to it. A local spotted the bird, captured it and handed it over to authorities because the device was thought to be some type of spying equipment.

However on further observation by the head of Qena security and the head of veterinary services, Ayman Abdallah, it was confirmed that the mechanism was actually a a tracking device used by French scientists to study the bird’s migration.

Amid unrest in the country, authorities and locals seem to be on guard for anything unusual. In fact, this is not the first time that innocent animals have been accused of spying.

However, what makes this particular story even more bizarre is that the swan is actually not a swan at all.

This photo, published after the bird’s arrest, proves that the suspected culprit cowering behind bars, is actually a stork, even though it was repeatedly referred to as a swan by the locals, authorities and the vet.



After the incident, a state-run daily newspaper praised the man who captured the bird for his patriotism. As of Sunday morning, the bird was still in custody as police awaited permission from prosecutors to release it to the wild.

– NYDailyNews and abcLocal

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