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Villagers in north India are actually blasting Yo Yo Honey Singh songs on loudspeakers to scare wild animals away, according to a report in The Times of India. (Yes, you read that right!)
It all started when wild boars started invading agricultural land in Uttarakhand. The boar menace was so widespread that the government was been forced to declare them as pests and sanction their killing, continues the report.
But the beasts are strong and a farmer can't really catch them. So they came up with an alternative solution — to scare them away. And how does on scare away a massive, wild beast? By blasting loud party songs, it seems.
Using sounds on loudspeakers to drive animals away is not unheard of, but these are usually sounds of people or even other animals. But dance numbers, especially Punjabi disco ones, is quite likely a first.
The Times of India quotes Bishan Jantwal, a farmer from Dhari village in Nainital saying, "I used to hear from elders in the house that wild animals avoid places where there is a human habitat. I thought of playing music to let them know of human presence. And it has worked."
"Apart from party songs with high musical notes and loud beats, we also play bhajans which have similar effects over wild boars and other species like jackal, nilgai and others," Jantwal added.
Soon, this idea spread in the surrounding villages and several loudspeakers were installed. In fact, farmers from neighbouring village have actually thanked Jantwal for sharing the idea.
Well, that farmer sure seems to be the local 'Desi Kalakaar'.