As the suspicious creature hovered into focus Saudi Arabian security forces brought their most seasoned agents into play.
They were suspicious that this seemingly birdlike vulture was really an Israeli spy. After all, their cohorts in Egypt warned that those sneaky Jews had recently used a 007 shark to initiate a very skillful attack.
The Egyptian Governor of southern Sinai had blamed the Israeli foreign intelligence agency, the Mossad for the shark maneuver.
“Mossad is trying to hurt Egyptian tourism in any way possible, and the shark is one way for it to realize its plan,” he opined.
Equipped with wisdom and outstanding espionage insight the Saudis were prepared for Operation Vulture. Displaying highly skilled technique, they closed in to make a momentous capture, which must surely result in a best-selling book with a huge movie deal.
As they searched their captive, they found suspicious equipment including a foot tag with the identification code R65. In Saudi circles R65 became their prize.
The search of the vulture uncovered a transmitter attached to its birdlike frame. They detected an identification code which said ‘Tel Aviv University’, written in English. Hmmm, the plot thickened.
When Israeli sources were questioned, all charges were denied. (What did they expect?)
In fact Ohad Hatzofe, bird ecologist for the Nature and Park Authority confessed that the vulture story has been ‘making the rounds of internet sights.’ Apparently astute news agencies like Al-Jazeera and Arabic military forums covered the story in detail. (What a scoop?)
Brazenly the Israeli researchers claimed seven vultures have reached Saudi Arabia in recent years. Some have disappeared and are presumed dead. R65 was a survivor and apparently spent the winter in Sudan.
The moral of this story is clear. Just be careful about contact with sharks, vultures or any other living thing. Treat all with suspicion. They might be Mossad checking on your intelligence.
Did I just hear a kookaburra, laughing at me?