OK so it pays to be a little cynical at times. But this is another one from the files of the bizarre. Since when are swans the least bit concerned with the workings of the Egyptian people? Well to get a truthful answer you might have to talk to some French scientists. 🙂
Evidently some guy was particularly “savvy” and suspected a swan of doing some hard-core, covert fact-finding. He apprehended the swan, quite possibly without reading the swan its rights, and rushed it down to the local police.
A man in Egypt’s Qena governorate, some 450 kilometers (280 miles) southeast of Cairo, found the suspicious bird among four others near his home and brought them to a police station Friday, said Mohammed Kamal, the head of the security in the region.
There, officers and the man puzzled over the electronic device attached to the suspected winged infiltrator. On Saturday, a veterinary committee called by concerned government officials determined the device was neither a bomb nor a spying device.
Instead, they discovered it was a wildlife tracker used by French scientists to follow the movement of migrating birds, said Ayman Abdallah, the head of Qena veterinary services. Abdallah said the device stopped working when the bird crossed the French border, absolving it of being an avian Mata Hari.
With turmoil gripping Egypt following the July 3 popularly backed military coup that overthrew the country’s president, authorities and citizens remain highly suspicious of anything foreign. Conspiracy theories easily find their ways into cafe discussion – as well as some media in the country.
Earlier this year, a security guard filed a police report after capturing a pigeon he said carried microfilm. A previous rumor in 2010 blamed a series of shark attacks along Egypt’s Mediterranean coast on an Israeli plot. It wasn’t.
In case you missed it, I want you to notice that it said he brought “them” to the police. The guy brought all the swans to the cops. Why? Well obviously it gives you a better chance that one swan will talk. As I already said, this guy is savvy.
What is even more astounding is that the police seemingly took him seriously. Do they not watch Wild Kingdom in Egypt? I would think that a tracking device would be the first thought of anyone with just a little common sense.
Whatever they are smoking over there in Egypt probably beats what is going on in Colorado and Washington. You just can’t make this stuff up.
I wonder if they call them “tin foil turbans” over there?