What’s the best solution to a pest problem? What if the pest is the weight of a small car?
Japan’s farming communities have created a genius – but terrifying solution to the increasing problem of wild boar. Rising temperatures have lead to more boar surviving multiple winters, and thier population in Japan is reaching a dangerous level. The boars are known to feast on potatoes, rice, and other crops, and according to the government, the nearly one million wild boars in Japan account for a third of agricultural waste.
Enter “Super Monster Wolf,” – a robot designed to scare boars out of farmland without harming them. The boars are in for some nightmares however – because the robotic wolf looks as though it has just emerged from the bowels of Hell!
Testing on the robot’s ability to protect crops went very well, and they are entering mass production next month, Asahi Television reports. They are 20 inches tall, and they howl and flash their red eyes when they detect another animal’s movement.
If you want a robowolf of your own, you can find one for about 514,000 yen ($4,840) when they go on sale.
They might look like they belong in a haunted house ride, but the demon dogs are actually helping to solve a huge issue. Tamotsu Baba, the mayor of coastal town Namie, said: ‘It is not really clear now which is the master of the town, people or wild boars. If we don’t get rid of them and turn this into a human-led town, the situation will get even wilder and uninhabitable.’
Let’s hope the boars aren’t werewolf fans.