Friday, January 7, 2011

Saudi Arabia 'Detains' Israeli Vulture For Spying

It seems those diabolically crafty Jews have added to their animal arsenal again; they have snakes for land, sharks for water, and now vulture for the sky. That, or Jews really do just get blamed for everything. That now includes sinister motivation for fairly standard animal behavior study techniques. That being attaching GPS units to animals to learn their habitats and migration patterns.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12120259

"The griffon vulture was carrying a GPS transmitter bearing the name of Tel Aviv University, prompting rumours it was part of a Zionist plot.

Israeli wildlife officials dismissed the claims as ludicrous and expressed concern about the bird's fate.
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The vulture, which can have a wing span of up to 265cm (8ft 8in), was caught after it landed in the desert city of Hyaal a few days ago.

When locals discovered the GPS transmitter, they suspected the worst and handed it over to the security forces, said Israel's Ma'ariv newspaper.
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Israeli officials told Ma'ariv they were "stunned" by the allegations and concerned that the bird could meet a horrible punishment in the notoriously severe Saudi justice system.

"The device does nothing more than receive and store basic data about the bird's whereabouts, and about his altitude and speed," a bird specialist at Israel's Park and Nature Authority told the newspaper.

The data would be used to improve understanding of the endangered species' behaviour.

"Now, this poor bird is paying a terrible price. That's very sad," said the unnamed expert.

"I hope they release the poor thing."
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