Squirrels & Lizards Spying on Iran: The Truth About The Military Recruiting Wildlife as Spies

In 2007, Iran detained 14 squirrels near the nation’s borders. These squirrels allegedly had small recording devices on them that were being used to eavesdrop on Iran for spying purposes. 

This isn’t the only time that Iran had claimed animals were spies - in fact, this claim has been made by countries all around the world, and in some instances, are completely true. 

In today’s fascinating post we will be sharing with you some more instances in which animals have been accused of being spies, the outcomes, as well as some true stories of creatures being used for military spying purposes. 

Watch the video version of this post by clicking HERE right now. 

You can also download the spy-free podcast by clicking the podcast widget above. 

Animals Spying on Iran? 

Iran is no stranger to making bold claims about animals being used as spies to gather information about the country and its nuclear program. 

Iran has claimed that lizards, squirrels, and birds have been used as spies. 

In the example of lizards, lizards were located deep within Uranium mines, and according to the Iranian Military Advisor, they were “attracting atomic waves” and delivering intel on the Iranian government. 

This one example is a bit fishy, as scientists have determined that lizard skin isn’t capable of absorbing atomic rays for reporting later. 

Arresting Spy Pigeons

Back in 2008 two pigeons landed near a uranium enrichment plant. Iran claimed that they had “invisible strings” and “blue rings,” but failed to provide any more details. It was claimed that these were some sort of communication device. 

Further details on these pigeons or evidence was not found. 

Pigeons in Combat

While some of these claims are undeniably absurd and lack solid foundation, the notion of using wild animals for spying purposes is not totally unfounded. 

Pigeons have historically been used for transmitting information in war-time prior to the development of communications technology. 

Some pigeons and wild animals have even received military awards and honors for their service to us humans during combat. 

Dolphin Spies

Nations all around the world have claimed that dolphins were being used to spy on them, or even for combat purposes. 

While such a claim might seem outlandish, there is actually significant evidence to back this up, as dolphins actually are trained for military purposes. 

In 2014 when Russia took over Crimea and infiltrated a Ukranian military unit, several “combat dolphins” were located. 

These dolphins were believed to have been used for recon, identifying underwater mines, and preventing access from unauthorized personnel to various locations. 

American - Dolphin Military Relations

Back in the 1960s the United States Navy ran programs to research and use dolphins for military purposes. 

Dolphins have been used as guards, but also for identifying underwater mines and for recon purposes. 

Unlike submarines, dolphins can’t really be detected by radar and are not easy to be caught if identified as spies considering their swimming ability. 

Dolphins’ echolocation ability is so precise that they’ve been used frequently for identification purposes in the military. 

Dolphins have also been outfitted with gear such as cameras - they can easily and quickly capture footage of submarines, mines, Sea bases, and Sea borders without detection or military threat. 

Once collecting the Intel, the dolphins will then return to the base to receive rewards such as food in exchange for the footage. 

While such programs may seem absurd, in the case of dolphins they are actually much more intelligent than scientists have ever considered. 

Dolphin bodies are far from our bodies, but their brains are quite similar to our own, just slightly less evolved. 

Dolphins have languages, names, dialects, care for their old, form groups (called pods), and are highly sociable creatures. This is why they’ve been used extensively for marine research purposes and military purposes - they can be taught and understand more than most people would think. 

Silent Spy Cats

At the height of the Cold War, the CIA had plans to deploy cats as spies inside of the Kremlin and Soviet embassies within the United States. 

The cats would be outfitted with radio transmitters under their skulls and microphones in their ears mostly undetectable to normal humans.  

A test run was conducted in D.C., but then the cat got run over by a taxi. And died. 

The 10 million project was later stated to be abandoned. 

“Nothing Can’t Be Trained” 

Bob Bailey, the first director of training for the Navy’s pioneering dolphin program, is quoted as saying, “We never found an animal we could not train. Never. NEVER.” 

Bailey claimed that through various conditioning methods - such as classical and operant conditioning - animals can be taught to perform a variety of tasks. 

For example, in one instance he conditioned a spider to curl up the moment a laser pointed was shined near it. 

He achieved this by blowing on the spider every single time he had the laser pointer out, causing the spider to associate wind (which naturally causes spiders to curl up) with the laser, eventually making the curling up behavior trigger naturally when the laser was caused. 

Using this method of reward and punishment humans can teach nearly every creature - from dolphins to crocodiles to rabbits and spiders - to do actions that are beneficial for us. 

Of course, the smarter the creature, the faster they would learn and the more advanced tasks you could request of the creature. 

In the instance of spiders, you can only condition it to do so much. The spider has significantly less intelligence than a human and so can only do basic things, and it requires a trigger to perform the actions. 

The more intelligent a creature - such as a bonobo or a dolphin - the more advanced tasks you can request of the creature, such as identifying enemy submarines, mines, and performing recon. 

Time Bomb Bats

In World War 2 bats were almost used to attack Japan. The bats were intended to be deployed over a strategic target, where they would be outfitted with time bombs and incendiaries. 

They would then hide in the buildings, attics, etc. and blow up later, and more importantly the incendiaries would cause intense fires that would be difficult for enemies to handle, and growing quickly causing even more damage. 

However, these were never used. 

An accident occured at the Carlsbad Army Airfield Auxiliary Air Base when armed bats were accidentally released, setting fire to and blowing up a significant amount of the air base. 

As it turned out, the project worked, just not on the right team. 

Are Wildlife & Pests Spying On You? 

Many American homeowners will discover wild animals and pests infesting their home, hiding in the attic, between the walls, or other locations. 

These creatures range from snakes to spiders, raccoons to skunks, possums to ants. 

Regardless of what creatures they are, they can cause great damages to your home, even without the bombs and incendiaries attached. 

Wild animals can attack you, your pets, your children, damage your home, reduce air quality, and lead to complications down the line. 

They’re probably not spying on you or intending to hurt you. These creatures just want a place to stay where they can have easy access to warmth, food, and a place to raise their young, just like you. 

We at Wildlife x Team International specialize in safe & responsible removal of wildlife & pests. 

We will remove the animals humanely, and if possible, return them to the wild where they can make a proper home. 

We will restore any damage caused, and also prevent the issue from ever happening again. 

If you think that you have wildlife or pests infesting your home, please contact us at 855-WILDLIFE or by visiting www.wildlifexteam.com

Thanks for reading! 
-Wildlife x Team International 

Submit a Comment

* Required Field
  • Pest X Team Logo
  • Junk X Team Logo
  • X Team Services Logo
  • X Team Bird Control Logo
  • Gutter X Team Logo
  • Mosquito X Team Logo
As Featured on These Networks & Affiliates
  • Apple News Logo
  • Fox Logo
  • Elite Service Logo
  • National Pest Management Association Logo
  • NWCOA Logo
  • If you have raccoons in your attic, garage, or other areas of your home, call Wildlife X Team® at (817) 431-3007 today! Wildlife X Team are experts in raccoon removal and exclusion services.
  • Squirrel problems are rampant nationally. Squirrels can cause extensive damage in and around homes, including soiling floors and walls. Squirrels don't stand a chance against Wildlife X Team®'s trained professional staff.
  • Rodent problems are common for homeowners, but Wildlife X Team® can help you prevent rodents from getting in your walls or your attic. Keep rodents out of your home by calling today!
  • Removing and relocating bats is best left to professionals, as bats will bite and scratch if threatened. If you see signs of bats on your property or want to know how to get rid of bats from your attic and chimney, please call Wildlife X Team® at (817) 431-3007.
  • Although armadillos have no reason to get into houses, there is a lot of damage armadillos can cause. Their diet consists mostly of grubs and insects, but when they burrow, it can affect the very structure of buildings. Call Wildlife X Team® today!
  • Whether you are facing a snake infestation on your property or just notice a single snake, call (817) 431-3007 at Wildlife X Team® today. Most snakes are harmless, some are venomous, and we can remove all kinds of snakes safely and quickly.
  • Birds can add a lot of enjoyment to the outdoor experience, but sometimes they cause trouble. If you're having an issue with problem birds like pigeons, starlings, or sparrows, give Wildlife X Team® a call at (817) 431-3007.
  • At Wildlife X Team®, we offer worry-free opossum removal and trapping. We can also repair any opossum damage.
  • Infamous for their defense mechanism, skunks are smelly creatures. This unique critter releases a scent to ward off predators and stay safe, and it smells offensive and can be dangerous.
  • Coyotes, a relative of the canine, are known for terrorizing livestock, and even household pets. Coyotes are often active at night, and homeowners often report the howling cries of these medium-sized creatures.
  • Badgers are notorious for having a bite that rivals their bark — despite their less-than-formidable size! Badgers have been known to fight animals as large as a bear!
  • Beaver damage is primarily to landscapes like riverbeds and lakesides. If you discover beaver damage in your property, call Wildlife X Team® at (817) 431-3007 to help relocate beavers and repair any damages caused by these flat-tailed critters.
  • Nocturnal creatures, bobcats will take down any prey necessary, especially livestock. Bobcats are territorial and will often return to the property they have claimed as their own, especially if there is a steady food source.
  • Chipmunks can be annoying and clever creatures, but they're no match for Wildlife X Team®. We offer chipmunk removal, and chipmunk damage repair services, plus we know how to keep chipmunks from coming back!
  • Fox landscape damage and feeding behaviors can affect homeowners' safety, so it's important to not approach a fox if you see one in the wild or on your property. Wildlife X Team® offers fox removal, fox trapping, and fox prevention. Call today!
  • Lizards, similar in appearance to snakes, can be frightening if you spot one in the wild or in your home, and although they don't typically attack residents, it's still good to not approach lizards.
  • Mole damage is most commonly found on landscapes, and sometimes humans don't even come into contact with them, but they definitely experience mole damage.
  • If you have discovered scorpion(s) in your garden or on your property, call us today for scorpion removal services.
  • Voles are not often spotted by humans, but vole damage is visible. For vole trapping, vole removal, and vole damage repair services, call Wildlife X Team® today!
  • Infestations of bugs are common, so if you are facing an insect infestation, don't panic—we can help kill insects and get rid of them inside and outside your home.
  • Wild hog trapping and wild hog prevention are the most effective means of wild hog removal. Due to the aggressive nature of wild hogs, we do not recommend DIY wild hog trapping.
  • Termite infestations are common inside homes and on properties, so if you are dealing with insects, call Wildlife X Team® at (817) 431-3007 today to get rid of your termite problem fast and effectively!
  • Bee and wasp infestations are common, so if you are facing a stinging insect infestation, don't panic — we can help get rid of them inside and outside your home.
Wildlife X Team is rapidly becoming the leader in the nuisance wildlife control industry. We lead the way in the development of technology, education, products and services in Wildlife Management.
Read More About Us
100% Financing
SuperMoney offers 100% financing up to $100,000 and 30 second approvals. You'll fill out one easy form and get competing pre-approved loan offers back in real time.
Apply Now
Wildlife X Team offers an exclusive Wildlife Inspection Report® which includes commonly overlooked areas where wildlife can enter and infest your home.
Project: Install or Upgrade Blown-In Insulation
Honest. Ready to work and will go around my schedule. Thank you.
Jennifer J., Katy, Texas