BUDAPEST – Egyptian officials on Wednesday allowed a Hungarian swan to continue on its migratory flight after capturing the bird last week on the suspicion that its GPS tracking apparatus was being used to spy, the Blikk newspaper reported.
“Egyptian authorities examined the case and concluded that the bird does not pose a threat to national security,” the Hungarian Ornithology and Environmental Protection Association, which placed the GPS tracking device on the bird, said.
The bird will have to fly harder to make up for the lost time and catch up with other swans heading south.
The swan was detained in Qena, located about 420 kilometers (260 miles) south of Cairo, by a resident who spotted the GPS apparatus on the bird, thought it was an espionage device and called authorities.
The swan was identified thanks to press photos and Egyptian officials were contacted to clear up the matter so the bird could be allowed to continue on its journey, the association said. EFE