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In the years before World War I, Germany experimented with the use of pigeons carrying cameras to photograph enemy activity. Pigeons outfitted with tiny cameras would be released near military target areas. As the birds flew over those areas “on their way home”, the cameras which were outfitted with a continuous automatic shutter release snapped pictures to be retrieved, developed and interpreted when the pigeons reached their destination. Ultimately, however, the new-fangled airplane turned out to be a more useful tool for aerial reconnaissance.