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Update: Israel Asks Saudi Arabia to Free 'Spy' Vulture


After police authorities in Saudi Arabia "arrested" a vulture for allegedly spying for Israel, Israeli scientists are asking the Saudi government to release their bird.

The vulture prompted Saudis to take action against to thwart the "Zionist plot" after authorities discovered it had been tagged with a transmitter labeled "Tel Aviv University." But Ohad Hatzofe, an Israeli avian ecologist, told the UK's Telegraph that the bird was only carrying a GPS tracker so scientists could track its movement, noting that the bird may not even have originated in Israel.

"This bird didn't stay in Israel in the breeding season, so it might be a Turkish bird, it might be a Jordanian bird, or even be Saudi Arabian."

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