“Can you hear me now? Aaaaaahhhhh!!!!”
“Hey, Bill, you take your cell phone into the jungle and we’ll call you…It’ll be fun!”
It turns out this area in India has a problem with leopards wandering into human settlements, which is something you would consider more urgent than, say, mice or mosquitoes, and they’ve come up with a novel way to catch the big cats. They set the ringtones on their cell phones for the sounds of cows mooing and goats bleating, amplify them through speakers for hours until a curious leopard arrives, then they capture it.
Of course, the leopards will have the last laugh when those phone bills start arriving. “Hey look, it cost those guys 116 extra minutes to catch me!” Here is the story:
A Leopard looks out from his enclosure at a wildlife sanctuary in the northern Indian city of Jammu in a 2005 photo. REUTERS/Amit Gupta