Now Sheep Have Cellphones Too - as part of the news series by GeoBeats.
A significant percentage of world's population has cell phones now. Could animals be the next target for growth in mobile devices?
A livestock farmer in a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa has come up with a unique way of stopping thieves from stealing his livestock. He bought cell phones for his sheep to call him automatically. The sheep tend to graze and walk the grounds of the farm, but when they are disturbed they will run, which sets off the cell phones that call their owner. He put the devices on collars of four sheep in different flocks after thieves stole 27 of his sheep and 13 lambs. So far, the cell phones have thwarted one thief, but more have still gotten away.