Japanese town enlists terrifying robot wolves to protect them from bears

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What could possibly go wrong?

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Wouldn’t it have been cheaper to get a bunch of dogs?

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And the inevitable follow-up headline: “Japanese town enlists bears to protect them from terrifying robot wolves”.

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“So far as we know. No one’s been brave enough to go outside with those damned things wandering about.”

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I can’t help but wonder how long it’ll take before the bears figure out these robots don’t chase anything. :thinking: I’ve seen fake owls fail for this reason - even mechanical ones.

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There’s a “bear who cried wolf” parable in here somewhere.

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How long until the gorillas?

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Sounds like a good premise for an Anime.

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Absolutely.

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It will cost more; but Boston Dynamics could probably provide something that fits the costume pretty well and chases enthusiastically.

Not sure if they do euthenic autoinjectors on export models…

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Cue the wolves in heat who will try anything to mate with these robo-wolves, knocking out their electronics in the process.

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After their bears were defeated, the neighboring town calls in Magnus.

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It worked out for Roxie and Rex. Can’t splice enough I always say!

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I see your robo wolfs with robo bears!

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