A vulture tagged by Israeli scientists was "detained" on suspicion of being a Mossad spy after the bird strayed into Saudi Arabian territory, a media report said Wednesday.

The bird was found in a rural area wearing a transmitter and a leg bracelet bearing the words 'Tel Aviv University', the Daily Mail reported citing Israeli and Saudi media reports.

Although these tags indicate that the bird was part of a long-term research project into migration patterns, residents and local reporters told Saudi Arabia's Al-Weeam newspaper that the matter seemed to be a "Zionist plot".

The accusations went viral, with hundreds of posts on Arabic-language websites and forums claiming that the "Zionists" had skilled these birds for espionage.

The Sinai regional governor last month suggested that a shark that killed and maimed tourists on its Red Sea port may have been released by Israeli agents to disrupt Egypt's tourist industry.


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