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The little kestrel was registered under the name 'Israeli spy' by the medical personnel of Elazığ's Fırat University. DHA photo

The little kestrel was registered under the name 'Israeli spy' by the medical personnel of Elazığ's Fırat University. DHA photo

Turkish authorities have cleared a renegade bird captured in the Ağın district of the eastern province of Elazığ of suspicions of working for Israel's state-of-the-art intelligence agency.

Residents of Altınavya village became suspicious that the little kestrel could be more than a bird that lost its way when they found it wore a metallic ring stamped with the words "24311 Tel Avivunia Israel," and delivered it to the district governorate.

Local authorities submitted the bird to careful medical examinations to ensure that it did not carry microchips. An X-ray test carried out at Fırat University in Elazığ finally convinced the authorities that the bird was just a simple specimen of Israeli wildlife. However, the X-ray showed the initial degree of suspicion, as the bird had been registered under the name "Israeli spy" by medical personnel.

Tagging birds is a common practice in ornithology as it helps scientists track bird migration routes.

Following the tests, the authorities decided not to press official charges and the falsely accused bird was free to fly away.


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Mark Row

7/27/2013 10:25:04 PM

Americans should not be too quick to laugh. Carrier pigeons for carrying confidential messages may soon be the best way around the ubiquitous NSA/CIA eavesdropping.

Brit in Turkey

7/27/2013 8:00:58 PM

This has hit today's Daily Telegraph in the UK. Great publicity for Turkey!

Brit in Turkey

7/27/2013 6:11:51 PM

anton supertramp: I take your point about some serious news missing from HDN, but on the other hand rather more news of the Gezi situation and follow-ups have appeared here. As for the bird story, please let us all have a laugh once in a while which is not connected to a speech by a member of the government or hangers-on.


7/26/2013 11:14:05 PM

@mara mcglothin. You are correct Mara! It also made headlines in the Israeli media. Reading the talkbacks regarding Turkey is enough to make a few of the usual hardliners here, like true Turk, to mention one, have a mental breakdown... Regards

sam stevens

7/26/2013 11:10:45 PM

Turkish paranoia again. LoL, I hope the Israelis check that bird for aTurkish spy camera on its return.


7/26/2013 7:34:47 PM

A chapul bird is what it is...

Soap box

7/26/2013 6:11:47 PM

Well, we Brits allegedly once hung a monkey under suspicion of being a French spy.......so why not. Normally if the Brits or the Americans do it, it's perfectly justified!!! The alleged monkey hanging took place during the Napoleonic Wars......1803-1815! One would have hoped 'society' had moved on a bit since then!

mara mcglothin

7/26/2013 6:09:19 PM

OH and fyi This has made the International news. Yet another embarrassment for such a wonderful country. Add it to the list.

mara mcglothin

7/26/2013 3:49:13 PM

So like the evil rodent of a grand piano in Taksim, the little bird had been released? I thought by the title that this was yet another amusement for our Friday morning enjoyment from BURAK BEY rather than serious news.

Brian Irlanda

7/26/2013 1:44:51 PM

The eagle has landed!!!! haha!
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