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A quack theory: Egypt police investigate ‘spying’ duck

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Egyptian police detained a duck late Friday after a device was found attached to its feathers, fueling concern that the animal was being used for espionage, reported local media on Saturday.

Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported that a fisherman on the Nile in the southern governorate of Qena captured the bird.

The fisherman then became suspicious regarding a device on the bird’s body, he subsequently handed the animal over to the Coalition of Arab Tribes in Qena, who in turn filed a police report.

The head of security in Qena said Saturday that officials examined the bird and the device. Mohammad Kamal said the device was neither an explosive nor a spying device. It likely could be a wildlife tracker, reported The Associated Press.

In January, a carrier pigeon, which had a message and microfilm attached to its feet, was caught in the Egyptian governorate of Qalyubia and sent to the Criminal Investigation Department, reported Ahram Online.