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Aegon
1144308.  Thu Aug 06, 2015 2:21 pm Reply with quote

Hi QI!

I was watching Jonathan Creek (yeah, sue me :)) and noticed a particular sound, like a short high-pitched shriek. I've noticed it before in British series (the Sherlock episode in Dartmoor, Midsomer Murders etc) but not in other ones. It usually appears when it is nighttime and is supposed to be scary.
It reminded me a little of the Wilhelm scream stock sound and now I'm very curious as to what it is. Could you help me?

Thanks!

 
Spud McLaren
1144310.  Thu Aug 06, 2015 2:40 pm Reply with quote

Pure guess; it may be a fox - second soundfile here.

 
Posital
1144315.  Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:14 pm Reply with quote

So we all have to sign up to listen - ah well...

EDIT - ah I clicked on the wrong bit...

EDIT2 - click on the big round green button - not small orange oblong...


Last edited by Posital on Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:19 pm; edited 2 times in total

 
Spud McLaren
1144316.  Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:15 pm Reply with quote

Do we? I didn't.

 
Posital
1144317.  Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:17 pm Reply with quote

Try this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxLHUxzEoRU

 
Aegon
1144318.  Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:20 pm Reply with quote

That's it!

All right, now I know what a red fox mating call sounds like.
Is it really that common a sound in Britain to incorporate it whenever it's dark and stormy in series?

Thanks, Spud!

(Btw, I didn't have to sign up either. Just click the play button.)

Thank you too for the visual, Posital!

 
suze
1144334.  Thu Aug 06, 2015 4:58 pm Reply with quote

Aegon wrote:
All right, now I know what a red fox mating call sounds like.
Is it really that common a sound in Britain to incorporate it whenever it's dark and stormy in series?


Foxes are common animals in Britain, certainly. Obviously they are hard to count, but the estimate is that there are around 250,000 adult foxes in the UK.

Historically, foxes were primarily rural animals and most city dwellers would rarely encounter one. But farmers tend to consider them as vermin and are allowed to exterminate them, while city dwellers seem happier to have them around and the number of foxes living in towns is increasing.

And now that I've heard those fox noises, I know that there's at least one fox which lives somewhere near my home. Where we live, the garbage truck comes on Thursdays and so the trash goes out last thing Wednesday night - and I've often heard noises like that coming from outside on Wednesday nights.

 
Alfred E Neuman
1144362.  Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:07 am Reply with quote

I find it mildly amusing that the English don't know what a fox sounds like. Especially when so many have strong opinions on lion hunting.

 
CharliesDragon
1144364.  Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:13 am Reply with quote

I guess that answers the question of... what does the fox say?

*Goes to dig a deep hole to crawl into*

 
Spud McLaren
1144366.  Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:25 am Reply with quote

Alfred E Neuman wrote:
I find it mildly amusing that the English don't know what a fox sounds like. Especially when so many have strong opinions on lion hunting.
Apart from Pos, I'm the only English person who's commented.

But that aside, it's true that most townees (of which there are proportionally more and more) wouldn't know, despite the proliferation of urban foxes.

 
Alfred E Neuman
1144373.  Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:53 am Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
Apart from Pos, I'm the only English person who's commented.


I sometimes make the mistake of assuming that everyone on here is English by default. Red foxes are the most abundant wild carnivores though, and are found throughout Europe and Canada.

And besides, apart from Aegon, everyone who had posted is English. Suze might be able to call herself many things, but she chose to become a citizen and that makes her as English as your cricket team is. :-)

 
Spud McLaren
1144376.  Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:08 am Reply with quote

Alfred E Neuman wrote:
[...] as English as your cricket team is. :-)
I wouldn't know. They might all be Latvian as far as I'm concerned.

 
Spud McLaren
1144378.  Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:31 am Reply with quote

Anyway, we seem to have solved Aegon's query, so just for kicks here's a slightly less-heard natural sound.

 
'yorz
1144385.  Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:49 am Reply with quote

Yet another link that wants to install itself in My Documents.

 
Spud McLaren
1144387.  Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:51 am Reply with quote

Is your computer set up oddly? No problems of that sort found here.

 

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