Turkish authorities detained a bird on suspicion it was spying for Israel, but freed it after X-rays showed it was not embedded with surveillance equipment, newspapers said on Friday.
The kestrel aroused suspicion because of a metal ring on its foot carrying the words "24311 Tel Avivunia Israel", prompting residents in the village of Altinayva to hand it over to the local governor.
The bird was put in an X-ray machine at a university hospital to check for microchips or bugging devices, according to the Milliyet newspaper, which carried a front-page image of the radiogram with the title "Israeli agent".
And here is a picture of a kestrel. Damn Jewish spy:
Note that this isn't the first time that an animal has been accused of spying for Israel. Just a few years ago, a Regional Governor in Egypt said it was possible that a killer shark was sent to the Sinai by the Mossad (no word on whether it had frickin laser beams attached to its head). And sadly this isn't even the first time that someone from Turkey has accused a bird of spying for Israel. Just last year, a dead European Bee-eater was accused of espionage. Here is a picture of a Bee-eater, another Zionist bird species with what looks like a sinister stare: