Egyptian Cops Detain Swan Accused of Being a Spy

A man brought the bird in because it had an electronic device
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 31, 2013 4:43 PM CDT
Egyptian Cops Detain Swan Accused of Being a Spy
Spy Vs. Spy?   (Shutterstock)

In a case that's ruffling feathers in Egypt, authorities have detained a swan that a citizen suspected of being a spy. Officials say a man brought the suspected winged infiltrator to a police station yesterday in the Qena governorate, some 280 miles southeast of Cairo. Officials say the man suspected the bird was an undercover agent because it carried an electronic device.

The head of security in Qena says that officials examined the bird and the device, finding it was neither an explosive nor a spying device. It's likely a wildlife tracker, he says. With turmoil gripping Egypt, authorities and citizens remain suspicious of anything foreign. Earlier this year, a security guard filed a police report after capturing a pigeon he said carried microfilm. (Read more Egypt stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.