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Australia is deploying laser-finding, poison-spraying robots that can detect and eradicate feral cats

by onApril 28, 2016
 

For some time now, Feral cats have been a problem in the Australian Outback. They massacre endangered birds and mammals and breed very quickly. The Australia government has been looking for a way to deal with them, and it now looks like there might be a solution…robots.

Feral cats are one of the biggest threats to many of Australia’s endangered species, killing millions of animals every day throughout the country – and controlling them has proved difficult. – The Guardian

John Read has come up with a way to kill off these invasive hunters without doing collateral damage to native species. To do this he has created laser-sighted robots that are able to detect and spray poison onto cats.

He has created 4 of the traps so far. While it may seem evil to kill these cats, the design John has created is incredibly sophisticated and unique.

Read has outfitted the robots with laser rangefinders that are able of scanning an animal for its shape and height, able to detect taller animals such as a dingo stalkier wombat type animals. Only something the size and shape of a cat will set of the machine, spraying the cat with a poison mist.

The spray covers the cats fur and when the cat eventually licks itself to clean it’s fur, it will intake the dose of poison. By using a naturally occurring the toxin known as Sodium Fluoroacetate, the spray won’t be harmful to Australia’s native animals as it’s found in many native plants.

Last week the first live grooming trap was switched on in Pullen Pullen reserve, a 56,000ha property in a secret location. It was bought by Bush Heritage Australia to protect the enigmatic night parrot, a nocturnal parrot from central Australia that many thought was extinct until the 1990s.

While it’s a dark subject to have to murder loads of cats, even for the greater good of many other species, this invention is pretty incredible and could save a lot of wildlife! The other thing you can take away from this is…spay and neuter your pets.

References: The GuardianPopular Mechanics

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