WHEN A SHEEP CALLS YOUR CELL PHONE…


Erard Louw, a South African farmer, got miffed when someone stole 27 sheep and 13 lambs from his farm (h/t iDNES and Livetimes).  Given police inability to help – they either don’t have a car or gasoline or tires, usually because someone stole them – he decided to handle the problem himself.

The answer turned out to be GPS.  Each animal now sports a transmitter which calls Mr. Louw’s cell phone any time the animal goes out of bounds of his 750-hectare range.  This usually means that an ovine transgressor had slipped through the fence – or that, innocent lamb that it is, it is being ewenapped.

I speculate that the next step must surely be the addition of a taser to the GPS unit, whereby an ordinary sheep would become a potent crimefighting weapon.  Once it zaps itself, an escaped animal will drop and sheepishly wait to be taken.  Ditto for any ewenapper unlucky enough to try to grab a member of the South African Ovine Self-Defense Force.

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About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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