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Saudis arrest vulture for being 'Zionist' spy

Saudi Arabian security services have captured a vulture that is suspected of being a Mossad spy sent over by Israel to gather information.

The large bird, which was carrying a GPS transmitter and a tag bearing an identification code from Tel Aviv University, strayed into rural Saudi Arabian territory last week, according to a Israeli newspaper report.

Residents and local reporters told Saudi Arabia's 'Al-Weeam' newspaper that the matter seemed to be linked to a "Zionist plot" and swiftly alerted security services. The bird has since been placed under arrest.

The accusations went viral, according to the Israeli 'Ha'aretz' newspaper, with hundreds of posts on Arabic-language websites and forums claiming that the "Zionists" had trained the birds for espionage.

Several weeks ago an Egyptian official reportedly claimed that a shark that attacked tourists off the coastal resort of Sharm el Sheikh was also acting on behalf of the Israeli spy service.

The Israeli authorities said the birdwas in fact part of a long-term academic study.

Irish Independent