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May 15, 2012 10:03 am

Turkey Investigates Bird as Possible Israeli Spy

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Bird being investigated by Turkey. Photo: screenshot via ynet.

Turkey has launched an investigation into a dead bird found by a local farmer that authorities claim may been a surveillance tool used by Israel.

According to reports in Israeli and Turkish media, a Merops Apiaster, known as the European Bee-Eater, was found dead with a ring that read “Israel” around one of its legs.  It is common practice for birds to be marked with their country of origin in order for scientists to track migration routes but authorities became suspicious due to what they said were enlarged nostrils on the bird.

“Yoav Pearlman, of the Israeli Birdwatching Center, explained that Israel’s north is home to a large bee-eater population, and that many more use Israel as a stop in their migration route, which includes Turkey, southern Europe and Russia,” writes Ynet in Israel.

“The Turkish authorities can rest easy – it’s not a spy,” Pearlman told the paper.

In early 2011, Saudi Arabia found a bird marked with a tag that read “Tel Aviv University”, and later claimed it was part of the “Zionist espionage plot.”

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  • Karsten Bannier

    Oy vey,another Israeli surveillance system…maybe if the Turks figure out where the batteries go,they could reverse engineer this amazing spybird…or better still,they could interrogate it when it starts working again.And to think that some of our rocket scientists in the South African government are stupid ???

  • Karsten Bannier

    This could be a new type of surveillance system…maybe if the Turks replace the batteries,they would be able to see how it operates ???

  • David Spero

    The Jewish world conspiracy.

    Resistance is futile!

    Are we good, or what?

  • David Spero

    The Jewish world conspiracy.

    Resistance is futile!

  • Andrew

    There’s more. The Iranians have found and killed almost a dozen spy squirrels near the Bushehr nuclear reactor. And Palestinians in Jerusalem have been complaining about poison-resistant rats. I’m not making this up.

    Those evil Zionists! There’s no end to their plots.

    There have been deer eating my hostas this year. I’ll bet they’re Zionist deer.

  • Andrew

    It goes with the remote controlled sharks Egypt found in the Red Sea last year and the spy buzzards the Saudis found. In Gaza, there were trained attack boars. Israel is clearly on the cutting edge of a new form of warfare.

    • Edward H

      Gotta wonder if they have any dog training tips. Mine doesn’t inform me at all!

      • A REAL American

        Edward H–that might be because he is informing ON YOU!!

        • Edward H

          Gonna have to stop giving him the good treats then ^_^