Jul 27 2013
Paranoid much? A bird captured in Turkey on suspicion of being an Israeli spy was released after a thorough examination revealed that the falcon was not in the employ of the Mossad. (Ever hear of satellites?)
Times of Israel (h/t Jack) Resident of the Ağın district in the eastern province of Elazığ became concerned after a kestrel, with a tag reading “24311 Tel Avivunia Israel,” ventured nearby, Turkish media reported Friday.
After capturing the winged invader, locals turned it over to Turkish authorities, who had the bird X-rayed at a nearby university, according to the Turkish news outlet Hurriyet. The bird was apparently registered as an “Israeli spy” by medical personnel. After determining that the bird had been tagged for research purposes and not snooping, authorities released the kestrel back into the sky.