Accused Spy Killed and Eaten in Egypt

Don't worry—it was a stork

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 7, 2013 1:44 PM CDT

(Newser) – Remember that swan detained by cops in Egypt after being accused of spying? Well, turns out it was a stork (some news reports at the time also called it a duck or a bird), and despite being found innocent, it has met a grizzly end. The story was almost a happy one: The stork, named Menes, was released to a conservation area by Nature Conservation Egypt. But shortly after, flew off to an island in the Nile, where he was captured and eaten, reports the Guardian. "Storks have been part of the Nubian diet for thousands of years, so the actual act of eating storks is not in itself a unique practice," the group wrote on its Facebook page. "However, the short-lived success story of getting Menes released was not enough to keep him safe till he exited Egypt."

Menes—shortly before his untimely demise.
Menes—shortly before his untimely demise.   (Nature Conservation Egypt)
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