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The (Cell Phone) Call of the Wild

Forest guards in Ahmadabad, India, have come up with a unique solution to drawing leopards away from human settlements--they whip out their cell phones.

Reuters reports that the rangers play ringtones of cows mooing, goats bleating and other animals sounds in the hopes of catching the attention of the predators. The phones, affixed to loudspeakers to increase their volume and range, become veritable dinner bells for the hungry cats, much to the relief of the nervous residents. The leopards are lured into cages, then shipped off to happier hunting grounds.

Before using animal sounds, rangers attempted to scare off the cats by playing ringtones of Jessica Simpson songs. Unfortunately, that scared away the villagers, too (kidding! I'm a kidder!).

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