Mossad vulture free to fly away

A vulture captured by Saudi Arabian authorities on suspicion it was a Mossad spy is to be returned to the wild.

The bird, detained last week, was equipped with a GPS transmitter because it was part of an environmental research project.

Prince Bandar bin Saud Al Saud, the head of the Saudi wildlife agency, told local media that tests had proved that the bird had been incorrectly identified as a delegate of Israel’s intelligence agency.

He said: “The system tied to its feet is traceable by satellites to know birds’ emigration movements and how they feed.

“There is no need to keep this bald eagle in captivity.”

Last updated: 5:25pm, January 10 2011