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Stork detained as spy in Egypt found dead

A migrating stork is held in a police station after a citizen suspected it of being a spy and brought it to the authorities in the Qena governorate, some 280 miles southeast of Cairo, Egypt. Officials say the man suspected the bird was an undercover agent because it carried an electronic device. (File photo by The Associated Press)
A migrating stork is held in a police station after a citizen suspected it of being a spy and brought it to the authorities in the Qena governorate, some 280 miles southeast of Cairo, Egypt. Officials say the man suspected the bird was an undercover agent because it carried an electronic device. (File photo by The Associated Press)
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Sunday, September 08, 2013 12:01 am
CAIRO — A stork once detained by Egyptian authorities on suspicion of being a winged spy has been found dead.Mahmoud Hassib, the head of Egypt's southern protected areas, said Saturday that local residents found the dead bird on an island in the Nile, south of the ancient city of Aswan.

In August, a local resident found the stork in Egypt's Qena governorate, some 450 kilometers (280 miles) southeast of Cairo. Both he and police were suspicious of the European wildlife tracker found on it. Authorities later let the bird go.

However, controversy trails the bird into death. An Egyptian wildlife organization claimed on its Facebook page the bird was "eaten by local villagers." Hassib denied that the bird had been eaten, though he didn't know an exact cause of death.

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