A Japanese town has deployed two red-eyed robot wolves to scare away wild bears wandering around the town’s neighborhoods looking for food.
The town of Takikawa, on the northern island of Hokkaido, purchased the two wolf robots from Ohta Seiki manufacturing firm after hungry bears were sighted in September roaming the streets.
City officials believe this year’s lack of acorns and nuts in Japan prompted the bears to scavenge for food in towns.
The “Monster Wolf” with bared-teeth and glowing red eyes is installed on a stand. It also has built-in motion detectors that, when activated, cause the robots to flash its eyes and emit wolfish-like howls.
Bear sightings in Japan has reached a five-year high, with reports of more than a dozen attacks in 2020, two of which were fatal.
Historically, there are many known incidents of bear attacks in Japan, the worst being the 1915 Sankebetsu brown bear incident in Hokkaido, which happened between December 9 and 14 of that year.
The 8-feet tall bear that weighed 837 pounds, killed seven people during the brutal attack, and left three others injured at that time.
Bear sightings in Japan mostly occur in rural areas of the western and northern parts of the country, according to reports.
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In recent times, Robots are increasingly used at many places for various purposes. In May this year, Singapore deployed Spot, Boston Dynamics’ famous yellow and black canine robot, at one local park to encourage social distancing in the wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Watch the video through this link