Israel's Alleged Spy Vulture (credit: INNPA)
Hello to you all,
Many of you may have read press reports about a vulture captured captured in Lebanon and suspected of spying for Israel. Thanks to the help of UN personnel who acted as the middle man in negotiations for the bird's safe return, the vulture was returned to Israel from the Lebanese municipality of Bint Jbail, some 2.5 miles from Israel's northern border. The bird was captured by locals who initially deemed the bird to be an Israeli spy because of a homing device on its foot. Reports received by Israel's Nature and Parks Authority said residents had tied the bird - that has a 6.5 ft. wingspan - to a tree after finding the transmitter.
This is one of the birds set free as part of this program in the Gamla Nature Reserve on the Golan Heights in an effort to increase the local vulture population. Currently considered at risk of extinction in the region, Israel brought the bird from Catalonia last year to help spur the Middle East's dwindling vulture population.
We are happy to report that, after examination, the vulture was determined to be lightly wounded, but in good condition, and we are optimistic that the animal will be returned to the wild after receiving care.
Thank you for your continued support of this very important wildlife conservation project.
The Avian Team at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo