Wonder blunder sees Israeli actress Gal Gadot ‘revealed’ as Mossad agent

Cast member Gal Gadot poses at the premiere of “Wonder Woman” in Los Angeles, California US on May 25, 2017. (File photo by Reuters)
Updated 27 November 2017

Wonder blunder sees Israeli actress Gal Gadot ‘revealed’ as Mossad agent

BEIRUT: It was a case of hysterical espionage.
Israeli ‘Wonder Woman’ star Gal Gadot was pictured as a Mossad agent on the front page of a Lebanese newspaper yesterday.
Beirut-based Al Liwaa newspaper used a picture of the actress to illustrate a story about Colette Vianfi, an alleged Israeli Mossad officer accused of recruiting Lebanese comedian and playwright Ziad Itani as a spy.
A senior newspaper executive described the incident as “embarrassing” in a telephone interview with Arab News.
Tareq Damlaj, one of the managing editors at the newspaper, said: “People were spreading the photo of actress Gal Gadot on social media, especially through WhatsApp, believing it was a photo of the Israeli officer.
“But after receiving a phone call today from cinema enthusiasts, and not security services, we learned this was the photo of an Israeli actress.”
Itani was arrested last week for what a security source called “collaborating with Israel over the past three years.”
He was detained on Thursday evening in Beirut with security sources claiming at the time that he was in touch with a woman who was supposed to come to Lebanon on Dec. 2.
Gadot was born and raised in Israel and was crowned Miss Israel in 2004 before serving two years as a soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces.
Gadot, who played an ex-Mossad agent in one of the “The Fast and the Furious” movies, was not immediately available for comment through her Beverly Hills public relations company.
But the Al Liwaa editors should take some comfort in knowing that even the mighty BBC can occasionally trip up on an embarrassing caption.
In a report on yesterday’s news about the Royal engagement, the BBC subtitles quoted UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn as admiring both “Prince Harry and Hezbollah.”
The BBC blamed the blooper on its malfunctioning voice recognition technology.


Lucky baby anteater escapes birds, falls from tree into care of Australian zoo

Updated 21 October 2020

Lucky baby anteater escapes birds, falls from tree into care of Australian zoo

  • The echidna will remain at the Taronga Zoo Wildlife Hospital until it grows spines and can feed itself

SYDNEY: A lucky echidna puggle, or baby spiny anteater, that survived an attack by birds and fell from a tree is taking its first steps as zoo keepers in Australia hand-feed the young mammal.
Members of the public brought the young echidna to the Taronga Zoo in Sydney last month after it fell 4 meters from a tree onto their balcony, somehow escaping becoming supper for the winner of a clash between a raven and a magpie.
“He was lost from his mum and the story is that some people were just sitting on their balcony one nice afternoon and they heard this thud and they looked down and they saw this little guy on the balcony,” said Taronga Zoo Senior Keeper Sarah Male.
“And they’ve looked up into the tree and seen a raven and a magpie there.”
After recovering from scratches and peck marks, the puggle – grey, sharp-nosed and easily held in the palm of one hand – has put on weight and started to develop fur, Male said.
“While the puggle is improving every day, it is still very young and in the wild would still be dependent on mum, so will require ongoing care for the next few months,” she said in an emailed statement.
“I’ve hand-raised lots of animals throughout the years at Taronga but such a young echidna puggle is a new experience.”
The echidna will remain at the Taronga Zoo Wildlife Hospital until it grows spines and can feed itself. The zoo said it hasn’t made plans for the animal beyond that.
Echidnas and platypuses are the only two species belonging to the monotreme order of egg-laying mammals. Their young are known as puggles.