Iran arrests two pigeons for spying on nuclear facility.
Iranian authorities have “arrested” two pigeons who were found near a nuclear facility in the country on the basis of espionage. An Iranian newspaper that first reported the news said that the pigeons were 'caught bearing a blue-coated metal ring, with invisible strings'. They believe that this device was intended for communication purposes. No information was released however on which country the birds were spying for or what has since happened to the birds. Furthermore no third party has yet claimed ownership of the birds.
The uranium enrichment plant at Natanz has long been a controversial subject between Iran and the West with the West believing that it is being used to make nuclear weapons. The Government in Tehran however claims it is just to generate power for the civilian population.
It is not the first time animals have been used for espionage. In July 2007 it was reported that 7 squirrels were arrested on the Iranian border for spying. Animals are no strangers to war with dolphins being used to detect mines, chickens detecting chemical weapons in Kuwait and pigeons delivering vital news to and from the battlefront before modern communications existed. The United Kingdom award 32 medals to the brave pigeons that served the country.
Last year Iran made a format protest at the use of US espionage tactics used against the country and its nuclear facilities. It is also highly suspicious of Israel however it is not known if the use of “spy pigeons” have ever been used before.
Source: The Australian