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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

'What does the fox say?' MCPSS official answers that and other questions about foxes

Posted by Rena Philips in General  |  Comments (1)

With 150 million views on YouTube, there’s a burning question on many people’s minds lately.

“What Does the Fox Say?” asked Desiree Bishop, executive director of our Environmental Studies Center in west Mobile, that very question.

Her answer: Foxes actually make many of the same sounds featured in the popular music video by the Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis.

“They squeak. They growl. They yip,” she said. “They make about 40 different sounds.”

Sometimes a fox sounds like a dog, other times like a cat.

“They can even sound like birds,” she said.

Foxes belong to the Canidae family and are typically just smaller than a medium-sized dog. Male foxes are called Reynards and females are vixens.

The Environmental Studies Center serves as a rehabilitation facility for local animals that are injured.

Bishop said the center has had a couple of foxes over the years, but they tend to dig out of their designated areas and pose a danger as they are major carriers of rabies.

“They’re mean. They’re biters,” she said. “They don’t do well in captivity.”

Foxes are omnivores that eat “whatever they can find” in the wild, Bishop said. That tends to be turtles, frogs and fruit.

Female foxes like to scream, she said.

Red foxes and gray foxes live in Mobile County.

Bishop said she’s seen the “What Does the Fox Say” video and that she enjoys it.

Ylvis poses a good question, as they sing “Dog goes woof. Cat goes meow. Bird goes tweet and mouse goes squeak. Cow goes moo. Frog goes croak and the elephant goes toot.”

Dancers dressed as foxes then go into some of the possible fox sounds:


“Wa papapapapa pow.”

“It’s hilarious,” Bishop said, adding that it can also be a good learning experience for students who go online and watch videos of real foxes and their behavior.

Nestled on 400 acres of woodlands off Girby Road, the Environmental Studies Center provides teachers, students and the general public an opportunity to enjoy and learn about the natural environment.

Students take field trips to the Environmental Studies Center to learn about various aspects of nature that coincide with their classroom lessons. There are hiking trails and live animal exhibits.

While the Environmental Studies Center no longer takes injured foxes, it did receive two new skunks this week, named Bonnie and Clyde.

You can see the skunks and everything else the Environmental Studies Center has to offer at an Open House on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is free.

Exhibitors include the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Five Rivers and the Backyard Chicken Club. Officials will announce the name for the Center’s new bald eagle during the Open House.


Comments on "'What does the fox say?' MCPSS official answers that and other questions about foxes"

10/23/2013 1:48:53 PM CST

1. Julian Wielkens, Clark-Shaw Magnet School, 8th grade. said...

I do not understand why this video is so popular. Sure, it is funny, but I don't understand why it got 150 million views... Oh well. People at my school, Clark Shaw Magnet, seem to enjoy it. Half the school is humming it in the hallway. Very catchy.

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