How a bird from Poland got mugged in Sudan


How a bird from Poland got mugged in Sudan
A white stork flies to his nest. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

In Summary

  • According to Radio Poland, the environmental EcoLogic Group placed the said tracker on the back of a white stork last year to track the bird's migratory habits.
  • The bird is then reported to have traveled some 3,700 miles (6,000kms) and was last traced to the Blue Nile Valley in eastern Sudan before the charity lost contact.
  • The charity group later narrated to the Super Express how an unknown person in Sudan found the tracker, removed the sim card, put it in their own phone before racking up 20 hours worth of phone calls.

A Poland based charity organisation has received a Ksh.272,295 phone bill after its bird-tracking GPS tracker found its way to someone’s phone in the Sudan.

According to Radio Poland, the environmental EcoLogic Group placed the said tracker on the back of a white stork last year to track the bird’s migratory habits.

The bird is then reported to have traveled some 3,700 miles (6,000kms) and was last traced to the Blue Nile Valley in eastern Sudan before the charity lost contact.

The charity group later narrated to the Super Express how an unknown person in Sudan found the tracker, removed the sim card, put it in their own phone before racking up 20 hours worth of phone calls.

Radio Poland says that the organisation has received a phone bill of over $2,700 which they charity has to pay.

Stork-tagging is key in environmentalists’ research and data from micro-GPS trackers can be used to help scientists assess birds’ habits, social behaviour and threats.

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