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Swan Suspected Of Being A Spy Detained In Egypt

31/08/2013 20:36 BST | Updated 31/08/2013 20:41 BST

Egyptian authorities are quizzing a swan suspected of being a spy.

Police detained the alleged feathered agent after a concerned citizen suspected the bird of spying.

Officials say a man brought the bird to a police station believing it to be an undercover agent because it carried an electronic device.

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The swan has been accused of being a spy

Mohammed Kamal, head of security in Qena, said that officials examined the bird and concluded that the device was probably a wildlife tracker, not an explosive or spying device.

The swan is not alone in having difficulties with the Egyptian law, with a security guard having filed a police report after capturing a pigeon he said was carrying microfilm.

And it's not just in Egypt that birds are ruffling feathers – in July a kestrel was detained in Turkey on suspicion of being an Israeli spy.

In 2010 eyebrows were also raised after Egyptian officials claimed Turkey had sent sharks to kill tourists.