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Egyptian Authorities Detain Suspected 'Spy' Swan

Man turns in a bird to the police after suspecting it to be an undercover agent because it carried an electronic device.

In a case that's ruffling feathers in Egypt, authorities have detained a swan that a citizen suspected of being a spy.

Officials said a man brought the suspected winged infiltrator to a police station Friday in the Qena governorate, some 450 kilometers southeast of Cairo. According to the officials, the man suspected the bird was an undercover agent because it carried an electronic device.

The head of security in Qena said Saturday that officials examined the bird and the device. Mohammed Kamal said the device was neither an explosive nor a spying device. It was likely a wildlife tracker.

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.

An illustrative photo of a swan. Credit: AP

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