There were accusations of espionage. After a lengthy investigation and hours of intense, borderline abusive interrogation there was not enough evidence to convict, so the stork was released.
Storks around the world were celebrating. A new contract between storks and European researchers was drawn up and signed by both sides. Storks and European researchers were celebrating in the streets. It was thought that a new era of cooperation was being welcome.
Unfortunately, villagers killed and ate the recently exonerated stork. "It was delicious," the villagers are quoted as saying.