What Does The Fox Say is the latest viral sensation, a hilarious song that attempts to answer the question of exactly what noise a fox makes.
The song (which is actually called “The Fox”) is created by Ylvis, two brothers from Norway who star on a variety show. The video shows people dressed up like various animals attending what looks to be a nighttime rave in the forest.
While the partygoers dance around in the woods, the brothers sing about all the other animals with distinctive sounds — “dog goes woof/ cat goes meow/ bird goes tweet/ mouse goes squeak” — but lament the fact that no one knows what the fox sounds like.
So as the song builds toward its chorus, the brothers give their best attempt at possible fox noises. Their guesses include:
In the middle of this midnight forest rave, a grandfatherly man resembling Santa Claus sits on a chair reading a book to a young boy and making exaggerated voices for each of the sounds. The description may sound creepy, but the execution is hilarious.
So, what does the fox say in real life? Wired consulted some experts on the species, and found that Ylvis wasn’t too far off with some of their guesses. Arctic foxes really do make a noise that sounds like “Wa-po-po-po-po-po-pow,” and the Ontario red fox makes a vocalization that clearly resembles “Chacha-chacha-chacha-chow.”
Some of the sounds may be a stretch, but it’s clear that Ylvis made a good a guess as anyone about the elusive fox sounds.
What Does The Fox Say has been a huge hit in just the few days since it’s been posted. It’s garnered countless shares across social media and plenty of mentions in blogs. It has also amassed more than 5 million YouTube views since it was uploaded on Wednesday.