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Syrian rebel commander returns lost eagle to Israel
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Syrian rebel commander returns lost eagle to Israel

A Syrian rebel commander helped return to Israel an eagle released into a nature reserve in the Golan Heights four months ago and which accidentally made its way to the Syrian side.

The bird, dubbed S-98 by its handlers at the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, was returned to Israel this past week, Channel 2 reported, through the Israeli Flying Aid organisation, a non-profit that works to deliver aid internationally to communities affected by conflict and natural disasters.

The unnamed Syrian militia head had contacted the organisation, claiming to have saved the eagle which had been caught up in fighting territory held by the Islamic State in the war-torn country.

The GPS affixed to the bird stopped sending back signals shortly last month, worrying its Israeli handlers. The commander said he spotted the eagle during battles with the Islamic State when his unit was setting up ambushes.

He said his people spotted the bird’s name and the broken GPS device, and understood that it belonged to the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and that it needed to be cared for until it could be returned.

The bird arrived in a cage at a crossing into Israel and was taken by the Parks Authority for treatment.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

Friday, September 08, 2017
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