Tension in Egypt due to political unrest and violent protests has made everyone suspicious of everything, even birds.
The Globe and Mail reported on Sunday that a man did not like how a group of birds were hanging out in front of his home. He saw a device on the back of one of the birds and assumed it was for surveillance.
He captured the bird, later determined to be a stork, and took it to the police station near his home more than 250 miles outside of the capital city of Cairo.
Police jailed the suspicious stork and waited for veterinarians to determine what was attached to the animal.
It turns out that the device was just a wildlife tracker used to monitor the bird’s migratory path. The vets determined that the device was inactive after it crossed the French border, so the tracker had no data from Egypt.
The bird cannot be released from its cage until a prosecutor tells the jail that the bird is not a threat.
According to the report, military officials were compelled to confirm that the device was not used for spying. They did praise the man’s efforts to help the country though.
These types of incidents are not uncommon.
According to the Huffington Post, other animals have been accused of espionage.
A vulture was captured in 2011 for a similar device that was also a migration tracker.
In the 1960s, the CIA used cats with surgically places microphones inside of cats to pick up conversations, but ended the project when the first cat was run over by a taxi.