Robot scares wildlife

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A WOLF-LIKE robot to drive away wild an­i­mals that cause dam­age on farms has been in­tro­duced on a trial ba­sis in Kis­arazu, Ja­pan.

Named Su­per Mon­ster Wolf, the robot is al­most the same size as an adult wolf, is cov­ered with fur and bares its fangs.

It de­tects wild an­i­mals with an in­fra-red ray sen­sor and in­tim­i­dates them, flash­ing the red LEDs of its eyes on and off and blar­ing 18 sounds in ro­ta­tion, in­clud­ing a wolf ’s growl, a hu­man voice and a gun­shot. A Hokkaido com­pany de­vel­oped it to keep away bears and deer.

A Kis­arazu city of­fi­cial said there had been no signs of wild an­i­mals or birds nearby since Su­per Mon­ster Wolf was in­stalled on July 11.

The firm will start man­u­fac­tur­ing the ro­bots to or­der next month. They will sell for about ¥200 000 (R24 000). – Washington Post

The Su­per Mon­ster Wolf robot.

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