A man fishing in the Nile river at Qena, Egypt, spotted a stork that had a suspicious electronic device attached to it. He captured the bird and alerted authorities to a possible case of espionage. Qena security chief Mohammed Kamal explained what happened then.
Puzzled officers examined the bird, fearing the gadget was a bomb or spying equipment, and then called in veterinary experts.
Eventually, they discovered it was a wildlife tracker used by French scientists to follow the movement of migratory birds, said Ayman Abdallah, head of veterinary services in Qena.
He said the device stopped working when the bird crossed the French border, absolving it of being a spy.
But he said it would have to remain in police custody for the time being because officials need permission from state prosecutors to release the bird.