Popular Science reports:
In what has to be today's strangest news, Reuters reports that forest guards in western India are using cell phones to entrap stray leopards.
Rather than using the time-honored method of lashing a goat to a tree,
todayâ€™s Indian leopard hunters rely on a sophisticated trap equipped
with speakers and a cell phone playing ringtones of various helpless
animals begging for their lives.
The top ringtone downloads for hungry leopards include: the mooing
cow, the crowing rooster, andâ€”the chart-topping favorite among these
big catsâ€”the bleating goat. Unlike that dork next to you in the grocery
store who mercifully answers his â€œGilliganâ€™s Islandâ€ ringtone after the
â€œthree-hour tourâ€ portion, the Indian prey-tones play for upward of two
hours before an angry leopard stomps over to the trap to silence the