An eagle has been captured and accused of being an Israeli spy after it flew into Ashqout, Lebanon, last week.
It has been said the bird, known as a Bonelli’s eagle, was carrying a transmission device and had a metal university research band marked “Israel” around its foot.
Hezbollah’s Al-Manar website boasted of capturing an eagle that carried the device, claiming it was an Israeli spy.
Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority confirmed to Ynet, an Israeli news site, that the eagle was one of many birds that are tagged to track migration patterns.
When the Nature Authority checked the bird’s code number, it was determined that it was a rare and endangered Bonelli’s eagle.
Israeli ornithologist Yossi Leshem said that he was tracking the bird for research and was “incredibly frustrated” it was harmed.
The Bonelli’s eagle expert said that the species is in great peril, as there are only nine pairs of mating age remaining in Israel.
This isn’t the first time a member of the animal kingdom has been suspected of spying.
In December last year, Egyptian officials claimed that the Israeli spy agency Mossad was to blame for the deadly shark attacks on the coast.
Mohamed Abdul Fadil Shousha, the governor of Egypt’s South Sinai province, stated that it was “not out of the question” that Mossad had placed the shark in the vicinity.
In 2011, a griffin vulture was accused of being a Mossad spy as it flew into a Saudi Arabian no-fly zone.