The name’s Bird. James Bird.
Ok, ok NewsFeed doesn’t actually know if the vulture that was “detained” by Saudi Arabian authorities shared a name with the 007 agent, but we couldn’t resist.
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The bird in question was caught a few days ago by Saudi Arabian locals, who discovered that the griffon vulture was carrying a GPS transmitter with a label from Tel Aviv University.
Fearing a Zionist plot, the locals turned the bird over to the police and rumors of espionage for Israel began circulating throughout local media.
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For their part, Israeli officials have deemed such accusations as absurd, saying that the GPS was used to track the bird’s behavior. (via BBC)