Friday, October 4 2013, 11:49 PM MDT
Good Question: What does the fox say?
(KUTV) Kids roaming the grounds at Utah's Hogle Zoo know that lions roar and dogs bark and elephants toot. One animal, however, proved to be a stumper. None that I asked could answer the question, "What sound does a fox make?"
The lack of education when it comes to the sounds made by foxes is not lost on a Norwegian comedy duo that made a music video. In it, they sing, "There's one sound that no one knows. What does the fox say?"
The video has gone viral with nearly 85-million views in the month it has been posted to Youtube. The creators take random, zany guesses as to the noise a fox may make, like, "wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa."
For the real answer, I turned to Primary Zoo Keeper of the Hogle Zoo's desert zone, Celeste Cambareri. It is she who cares for the zoo's foxes.
"[Foxes] have a lot of vocalization," she says. "[Foxes make] little growls and little barks."
Armed with a few fox treats and wearing a microphone, Celeste entered the fox enclosure so I could hear for myself.
It's tough to hear. The foxes were very quiet. Listen closely I could hear the sounds however as they got excited. It was a small rumble. It, to me, sounded a bit like a combination of a high pitched dog growl combined with a cat's purr.
Celeste says that growl-purr is the most common sound made by a fox.
By Matt Gephardt
Edited by Ryan Malavolta
Photography by Brian Morris
(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)