Wednesday, January 5, 2011

You've Got to be Kidding Me

According to a recent BBC article:
Saudi Arabian officials have "detained" a vulture on accusations of being a spy for Israel, media reports say.

The griffon vulture was carrying a GPS transmitter bearing the name of Tel Aviv University, prompting rumours it was part of a Zionist plot.
Apparently the GPS transmitter attached to the endangered vulture was being used to report the bird's location, altitude, and speed. It makes one wonder; if the Israelis were actually using the bird for espionage, why did they stamp the name of one of their universities on the equipment the vulture was carrying?

This accusation comes shortly after last month's claim from an Egyptian governor that Israel had released a shark off the coast of an Egyptian resort to attack vacationers. I would think that Israel, which may have been involved in the creation of the Stuxnet virus, could do better than using vultures and sharks for nefarious purposes.

No wonder Israel has a hard time living with its neighbors. As one writer has said; "They are hated in large part because the people who hate them are mad."


  1. I didn't know you raised vultures for the Israelis. I must say, they are a pretty bird.

  2. Raised vultures for the Israelis? I couldn't raise any sort of animal if my life depended on it. The griffon vulture is a pretty cool bird, though. Apparently they can have a wingspan greater than 8 feet.



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