Last week in this space we talked about an Israeli vulture that was released from a Golan Heights nature preserve and then captured in Lebanon. Seeing a GPS on its tail and Israeli rings on its legs, the Lebanese paraded it as a spy.
This week, we can report the safe release of the bird, a griffon vulture with a six-foot wingspan.
“In a discreet operation with the Lebanese and with the great help of UN forces and the UN liaison unit, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority was able to return the vulture that was caught a few days ago by villagers of Bint Jbeil, Lebanon,” an Israeli statement said.
No word on whether the bird, originally from Spain, has made any commitments to respect Lebanese borders in the future.