Dubbed “Menes” after initially being incarcerated, the stork was carrying a large electronic tracking device that European wildlife researchers were using to plot its migration.
Nature Conservation Egypt (NCE) soon convinced officials in the Qena governorate, 280 miles southeast of Cairo, to release the guileless jailbird.
But within days, villagers near Aswan had killed and eaten Menes.
“Storks have been part of the Nubian diet for thousands of years, so the actual act of eating storks is not in itself a unique practice. However, the short-lived success story of getting Menes released was not enough to keep him safe till he exited Egypt,” NCE said on its Facebook page.
Photo: Nature Conservation Egypt