A Polish charity has received a huge phone bill after it lost a GPS tracker that it had placed on the back of a stork, it’s reported.

According to Radio Poland, the environmental group EcoLogic placed a tracker on the back of a white stork last year to track the bird’s migratory habits. Stork-tagging plays an important role in environmentalists’ research and conservation of migratory birds, and data from micro-GPS trackers can be used to help scientists assess birds’ habits, social behaviour and threats. [separator]

[separator]The stork travelled some 3,700 miles, and was traced to the Blue Nile Valley in eastern Sudan before the charity lost contact.

EcoLogic suggested that somebody found the GPS tracker in Sudan, removed the sim card and put it in their own phone, where they then racked up 20 hours’ worth of phone calls.

The organisation has received a phone bill of over 10,000 Polish zloty / GBP £2,064 , which it will have to pay.

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