Jail Bird: Turkey frees bird accused of spying for Israel


Turkish authorities detained a bird on suspicion it was spying for Israel, but freed it after X-rays showed it was not embedded with surveillance equipment, newspapers said on Friday.

The kestrel aroused suspicion because of a metal ring on its foot carrying the words “24311 Tel Avivunia Israel”, prompting residents in the village of Altinayva to hand it over to the local governor.

The bird was put in an X-ray machine at a university hospital to check for microchips or bugging devices, according to the Milliyet newspaper, which carried a front-page image of the radiogram with the title “Israeli agent”.

Ties between Turkey and Israel, long military allies, have been tense since May 2010 when Israeli commandoes killed nine Turkish activists aboard the Mavi Marmara, a ship in a Turkish-led convoy seeking to break a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Angus MacSwan

Wild Lessons


In Parshat Shemini, we learn which animals are kosher. Why did God create both kosher and non-kosher animals? The Talmud sages say that there is something we can learn from every animal.

We can learn to be industrious and honest from an ant. Ants are hardworking and they don’t steal from each other.
King David tried to fathom the meaning behind each animal, but he couldn’t figure out the spider. So, God showed King David how the spider could save a life.

When running for his life from King Saul, David hid in a cave. King Saul and his soldiers were searching everywhere. God sent a spider to spin a web over the opening of the cave in which David was hiding. When the soldiers came to his cave and saw it was covered with a spider’s web, they moved straight past, not imagining that the web was freshly made.

Did You Know?

The word for lovingkindness in Hebrew is chesed. The Hebrew word for stork that we find in the Bible is chasida. The rabbis say that the stork was given this name because this bird is very kind and generous with its food and shares with other birds.