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Vulture accused of SPYING for Israel is freed after UN peacekeepers forced to intervene

A HUGE vulture that was captured in Lebanon on suspicion of spying for Israel has been returned after UN peacekeepers stepped in to defend the bird.

The griffon vulture flew over the Lebanese border from an Israeli game reserve where it had been released in a bid to introduce more raptors into the wild.

But residents of the Lebanese village Bint Jbeil caught the bird, which has a vast wing span of 1.9m (6ft 5in), after growing suspicious of an alleged tracking device that had been attached to its tail.

The device was actually a GPS transmitter which Tel Aviv university had been using to keep an eye on the raptor’s location.

The bird was later set free after it became clear that it was part of a repopulation programme and not serving as an Israeli spy.

It is believed to be in a weak condition after the ordeal and is being treated for minor injuries after its capture.

Israeli officials said: “In a discreet operation with the Lebanese and with the great help of UN forces and the UN liaison unit, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority was able to return the vulture that was caught a few days ago”.

This is not the first time a vulture has been believed to be an agent of Israeli spy organisation Mossad.

Another bird with a Tel Aviv university


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