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In one of the more amazing stories I’ve read, it was recently reported that Iranian police jailed 14 squirrels — for spying.
Yes, you read that right; spying. It seems that the fluffy rodents, who weigh approximately a pound-and-a-half each, were hanging around near the Iranian border, equipped with eavesdropping devices.
“I have heard about it, but I do not have precise information,” replied the national police chief when asked to confirm the story.
Allegedly, the furry animals were equipped with modern technology including GPS units, cameras, and listening devices. The report also said that the squirrels were trained for espionage and information-gathering and are believed to have been sent to Iran by Israel. The original reports came from the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
“The squirrels were carrying spy gear of foreign agencies, and were stopped before they could act, thanks to the alertness of our intelligence services,” reported IRNA. “In recent weeks, intelligence operatives have arrested 14 squirrels within Iran’s borders.”
“The story is nuts,” said a foreign office source.
“It is complete idiocy,” agreed Robert Baer, a former spy for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who now writes .. what else? .. spy novels.
But even if this story is not true, animals have been used to spy before; For example, pigeons were used to carry coded messages during Second World War, dolphins were trained to seek out underwater mines, and even recently, dragonflies and moths have been designed as listening devices.