“And he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground (Genesis 8:8)
A bird, suspected of being a spy for the Mossad, according to Turkish authorities, was released on Friday following an arduous and thorough inspection of the falcon.
The bird, having a tag reading “24311 Tel Avivunia Israel,” made many in the Ağın district of Turkey highly concerned that the flying animal may have been part of a reconnaissance mission for the Israeli spy agency.
According to the Turkish news outlet Hurriyet, local worried residents of Ağın captured the bird and quickly turned it into Turkish authorities. The falcon, a kestrel to be exact, was then x-rayed at a nearby university.
The kestrel was, reportedly, officially logged in at the university as a “Israeli spy”. The university employees eventually determined the bird was being used for research purposes and agreed to release the bird.
Shockingly, this is hardly the first time Israel has been accused of using animals as covert agents. In May of 2012, authorities in Ankara dissected a European bee-eater after becoming concerned that it was carrying an Israeli listening device, and in December an eagle with an Israeli tag in Sudan was captured and touted as a Mossad spy.In 2010, an Egyptian official said Israel-controlled sharks could be involved in a number of attacks on tourists in the Red Sea.
(Information for this article provided by The Times of Israel)