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Why trains in Japan will bark like a dog and snort like a deer

Posted on January 18, 2018

Hundreds of deer stray onto train tracks across Japan causing widespread rail disruption. Photo: Creative Commons
Hundreds of deer stray onto train tracks across Japan causing widespread rail disruption. Photo: Creative Commons

TOKYO — Researchers in Japan have developed a system which involves a moving train blaring animal sounds in order to prevent collisions with deer on the tracks, The Telegraph reported.

Hundreds of deer stray onto train tracks across the country, mainly in remote rural areas, causing widespread rail disruption, the report said.

Researchers combined the sound of deer snort, which they emit to alert other deer to danger, with the sound of an "enemy" barking dog. Early tests have found that it reduced animal sightings from the train by as much as 45%, The Telegraph reported. For the full story, click here.

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