Late last month an Egyptian fisherman saw a stork flying near the Nile with what he thought was a suspicious-looking device attached to his feathers.
Turns out, the device was just a French wildlife tracking device but animal espionage might not be as far fetched as you think according to Peter Earnest, a former spy for the CIA.
Earnest now directs the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, which is home to another feathered interloper: the pigeon cam.
The pigeon-cam is just that, a pigeon with a camera around its neck. The museum has a stuffed version of the bird spy, which was developed by a German on the eve of World War I.
"The idea was that the pigeon was a homing pigeon, which was released at point which when flying home would take it over the targeted area…there was an automatic shutter release on the camera so it was taken continuous shots," said Earnest.
There have been numerous other attempts to use animals including an attempt by the CIA to embed a listening device in a cat, called Operation Acoustic Kitty.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Peter Earnest about these attempts at animal espionage.