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July 26, 2013 10:14 am

Turkey Clears Israeli Bird of Spying

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A Common Kestrel. Photo: Wikipedia.

A squawk of relief can be issued by a renegade kestrel after Turkish officials cleared it of spying for Israel.

The bird was discovered by residents of Altinavya, a village in Turkey’s Elazig province, wearing a metallic ring stamped with the words “24311 Tel Avivunia Israel.” Suspicious that the bird may have been on a spying mission for the Jewish state, villagers turned it over to local authorities, according to Hurriyet Daily News.

Medical personnel at Elazig’s Firat University initially identified the kestrel as an “Israeli Spy” in their registration documents. Intensive medical examinations – including X-rays – determined that the bird had no ulterior motives. There were no sign of microchips that might transmit information back to Israel, for example.

Tagging birds is a common practice in ornithology as it helps scientists track bird migration routes.

Following the tests, the authorities decided not to press official charges, and the bird was set free back into the wild.

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  • Lynne T

    Actually a friend who is a proud and loyal Israeli tells me that Israel has been using birds of prey, which a kestrel is, to assist with surveillance operations over neighbouring countries.

  • FORTUNE

    CHIRP CHIRP

    REALLY TURKEY, GLAD TO HEAR YOU’VE COME TO YOUR SENSES. I HARDLY THINK ISRAEL WOULD HAVE ATTEMPTED TO CREATE COMPETITION TO REUTER’S ORIGIN IN THIS CURRENT ADVANCED TECHNOLOGICAL ERA.

  • Let’s not forget Egypt accusing a shark of being a missad agent. A bird is sort of irrelevant when you have satellites in space and can hack the shit out of any computer you want.

    • steven L

      Does Islam burns people brain?
      Perhaps an MRI would have shown something!!!

  • Bella

    I bet the Turks turned it into a Turkish spy,and sent it back to Israel. Poor bird’s transmissions on how to run a democracy, with social service, education, full access to internet (which Turks don’t have) and access to historical documents will be wasted. Turkish universities and schools teach that the Armenians waged war on the Turks.

    • steven L

      The bird/spy is now a double agent!!!!

  • James McEnanly

    Some time ago, an Egyptian vulture was captured and interrogated in Saudi Arabia for a similar band. I can imagine the tumult if they actually do put a radio tracker on one of these birds

  • Pkipnis

    What a bunch of idiots. Charging a bird with spying???? What do you expect from a group so paraniod and morraly corrupt.

    • Marg

      They nave nothing better to do than cause trouble, small minded, single minded people.

  • Miri

    A little paranoid, no?

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