A pigeon suspected of being a Chinese spy has been released 8 months after being arrested in India

A pigeon suspected of being a Chinese spy has been released 8 months after being arrested in India
The animal was captured in May last year, near a port in Mumbai (Credit: Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Hamama was released in India after 8 months in prison on charges of spying for China. The information has been released by PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, in a free translation.

“After learning that a pigeon had been kept at Bai Sakarbai Dinshu Beti Animal Hospital (BSDPHA) in Parel as a royal case for an astonishing eight months, PETA India took action to secure the bird's release from captivity,” the organization said. In a statement issued this week.

The animal was captured in May last year near a port in Mumbai. PETA added regarding the reason for the arrest that there was a message written on the wings of the dove with words that appeared to be Chinese.

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The pigeon was released by Colonel Dr B P Kulkarni, Chief Medical Superintendent, BSDPHA.

The dove was not the first animal to make headlines on charges of espionage. In 2019, the beluga whale, nicknamed Hvaldimir, was found off the coast of Norway, wearing a band resembling a horse's halter. This fact raised doubts about the possibility of her being trained by the Russians as a spy.

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