There was some mystery surrounding a stork discovered by a local fisherman in an Egyptian town over the weekend, but the explanation proved to be much less sinister than initially thought.
According to UPI today, the stork was originally believed to be equipped with some sort of surveillance device attached to its wing when a man fishing in the Nile in the town of Qena found the bird and took it to local authorities. The bird was even held in police custody for fear that the device was some sort of spying apparatus or possibly a bomb. However, veterinary experts were later called in and confirmed that the attachment was simply a tracking device used to monitor the bird's movement.
Officials were eventually able to determine that the stork had come all the way from France and was being tracked by scientists there to analyze its movement, along with other migratory birds. Head of veterinary services in Qena, Ayman Abdallah, reportedly said that the tracking device stopped working once it crossed the French border.
SkyNews notes that the current political climate in Egypt has had both authorities and citizens on "high alert," which could explain why the fisherman found the unfamiliar device suspicious and was compelled to notify the police.