Flying Menace: Saudi Arabia Captures Israeli Spying Vulture

Published: January 5th 2011
in News » Israel


The world just got a little more ridiculous.  Just a month ago, Egypt blamed the Mossad, Israel's national intelligence agency, for releasing a deadly shark in Sinai which attacked and scared away tourists from its golden coast. Now, it is Saudi Arabia's turn: the kingdom has captured an Israeli-tagged vulture used as part of a bird migration study, claiming it's suspected of being nothing short of a domesticated "Mossad spy".


The bird was tagged by a group of scientists at Tel Aviv University, which are using RF (radio frequency) and GPS transmitters to follow after migrating birds. The vulture, which decided to stray into Saudi Arabian territory in its winter journey, was nabbed in a rural desolated area of the country. It was wearing a transmitter and a leg bracelet with the inscription "Tel Aviv University", according to both Saudi and Israeli media reports.


Even though these tags show that the bird was in fact a part of birds study, residents and local reporters believe the bird was snooping around on Saudi soil. They have told Saudi Arabia's Al-Weeam newspaper that it looks like another "Zionist plot". The accusations swept the web, with scores of posts and tweets on Arabic web sites and social networks claiming that the "Zionists" had trained these birds for espionage.


As we all remember, last month Sinai's regional governor pointed a blaming finger at Israel too, saying that a shark that has killed and injured tourists might have intentionally been released in order to sabotage Egypt's tourist industry. "What is being said about the Mossad throwing the deadly shark in the sea to hit tourism in Egypt is not out of the question. But it needs time to confirm," he said, according to the British Sun newspaper.

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