So what does the fox say? I haven’t had tea with Mr. Fox in quite a while but I’m pretty sure it’s nothing like “gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding” and “Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow.”
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the music video What Does The Fox Say is a strange song based upon the idea that we don’t know what the fox sounds like.
If anything the video serves more as a reason for the Norwegian duo called Ylvis to stage a rave while wearing animal costumes. But the music video does ask a question that science can answer.
Norway is where the band hails from so obviously it makes sense to consider the sounds its native fox species make, like the arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) and the red fox (Vulpes vulpes). Foxes are actually canids like dogs and wolves, but they’re not exactly known for the sounds they make. If anything, they’re known for stealthily slipping away like a cat and they even hunt in a similar fashion.
The rumor about foxes being soundless is mostly due to them being nocturnal hunters that do not travel in packs like other canids. The sound of a fox is apparently easily mistaken for completely different animals. For example, the common yow-wow-wow can be mistaken for an owl.
A fox sounds like other canids in some ways, but they’re not nearly as varied as a typical dog. Foxes tend to produce very quick series of high pitched barks that are used to identify each other and alert each other to danger:
Their scream-like howl is used during mating season and quite frankly it sounds like an animal being tortured:
Personally, I think I’d rather listen to “gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding” than what the fox actually says:
So what does the fox say? A fox sounds like a yip to me. What do you think?