Vulture Returned to Israel After Bird Is Cleared of Spying


A vulture stands on a tree branch after receiving treatment at a veterinary clinic in the Wildlife Hospital of Ramat Gan Zoo Safari near Tel Aviv, on January 29, 2016. A vulture captured in Lebanon on suspicion of spying for Israel has been returned home with the help of the United Nations, Israeli authorities said. The UN acted as a go-between in negotiations between the Lebanese and the Gamla Nature Reserve where the bird lived before it flew across the border, it added. / AFP / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Villagers who found the bird were suspicious of its tracking device

A large vulture that had been detained on suspicion of spying has been returned to Israel by Lebanon, officials said.

The bird had flown over the border and was caught on Tuesday by Lebanese villagers who were suspicious because of the tracking device on its tail, the BBC reported.


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