Authorities in Turkey have officially cleared a bird that they had detained amidst allegations that the little guy was spying for Israel. Strangely, this is not the first time they have examined a bird that they suspected of spying for the Israelis. As far as is known, no bats or large flying insects have yet been detained as spies.
The European Kestrel, aka Falco tinnunculus, a type of falcon, was found by villagers in Altinavya, a village in Turkey’s Elazig province. On examination they discovered that the bird was wearing a ring bearing the suspicious stamp, 24311 Tel Avivunia Israel. The concerned, and perhaps slightly xenophobic villagers, turned the “Israeli Spy” bird over to Turkish authorities, who had it further examined and X-rayed at Elazig’s Firat University, no doubt for hidden recording devices, computer chips or cameras.
To the relief of all, the bird was found innocent of any spying activity, whereupon it was released and casually flew off to parts unknown — or maybe they are known, that is, if Turkish authorities installed any hidden recording devices, computer chips or cameras in said Kestrel while he was being examined.
In May 2012, Turkish authorities announced that they had what they believed to be an Israeli spy bird with nostril cam in their custody. That bird was not alive at the time of capture, so it is therefore unlikely that it was turned to the Turkish cause and made into a double agent.