Hezbollah has denounced an Israeli eagle as acting as an “enemy spy” after the bird was shot down by hunters in central Lebanon. According to the group’s website Al-Manar, the eagle was wearing “devices as well as a copper ring on its leg inscribed with the words Israel (in English) as well as letters referring to Tel Aviv University.”
In a similar incident, Eqyptian authorites recently detained a stork that was tagged, stating that, it too, “was a Mossad spy.”
Both acts have been denounced by Israel ornithologist Yossi Leshem who stated that he was tracking the eagle for research, noting that Israeli’s Bonelli eagles have been in danger from pesticides electrical wires and poachers for decades. In fact, there are only 9 pairs of mating age left in the country.
“Everytime a migrating bird from Israel is captured wearing a satellite transmitter and ring it is immediately thought to be part of a sophisticated spy network despite the fact that numerous other countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Turkey, etc., use the same electronic devices to track birds and animals in their own research programs. The whole field of conservation is based on regional cooperation and this is nonsense,” continued Lesham, who often collaborates on projects with Jordanian as well as Palestinian scientists.
Note: In the past, Egypt has accused Mossad of training sharks to terrorize tourists in the Sinai Peninsula.