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In the cloak and dagger world of international espionage, it takes a cool head and nerves of steel to get the job done, though being a human isn't necessarily a prerequisite -- at least that's according to authorities in Saudi Arabia who recently detained a wild vulture under the suspicion that the bird was a spy.
Read on for details of the bird-world's James Bond and for other human-and-animal interactions that made news this week, including potty-trained pigs, the first satellite tracking of leatherback turtles, the discovery of a secret monk seal hideaway, and what conservationists can learn from beavers.
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