For just RMB1,000 you can own your own sheep and then eat it, and you don’t even have to leave your apartment.
Chinese netizens have flocked towards a new app called Cloud Ranch, which allows you to adopt, invest and even sell sheep to your friends.
Users can buy one or however many sheep they like and can receive information about their new pet such as their weight. They can even watch a live-feed of their sheep on their smartphone.
Creators of the new app said one of its main selling points was the fact that users can see where their food is coming from, a concern that was raised following the so-called “zombie meat” and “zombie papaya” scandals.
All sheep and users have a unique user ID. A CCTV news programme looking at the app followed one of its users to a farm where they tracked down his sheep.
Cloud Ranch is just one example of the Chinese government’s “Internet Plus” plan, a scheme designed to help startup companies in China.
The project was unveiled to Chinese lawmakers by Premier Li Keqiang in March this year. According to Xinhua, the plan tries to integrate mobile internet, cloud computing, big data and the “internet of things” with modern manufacturing. The aim of the plan is to help companies increase their international presence and develop e-commerce in China.