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July 27, 2013 10:21 PM   Subscribe

Fox steals cell phone. Fox sends texts with stolen cell phone. Cuteness ensues. [Cached version]

With video!

The lesson here is to not install apps on your phone that make rabbit sounds to attract foxes and then leave your phone lying about where foxes might hear it.
posted by gingerbeer (45 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
There's probably an Anthony Weiner sexting joke in here, too, but I'll leave that for others to make.
posted by gingerbeer at 10:21 PM on July 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


iVulpine
posted by lazaruslong at 10:27 PM on July 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


If only there was an animal with whom I could compare this fox's cunning!
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 10:29 PM on July 27, 2013 [19 favorites]


I've actually heard of "predator calling" as a thing, but this is a bit literal.
posted by smcameron at 10:31 PM on July 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


Fox News? I don't believe it.
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:33 PM on July 27, 2013 [7 favorites]


I see the video, but none of that makes any sense at all.

He better Hope that fox doesn't get into candy crush or something and start paying for stuff.
posted by Ad hominem at 10:39 PM on July 27, 2013 [3 favorites]


Takes "there's an app for that" to a whole new level.
posted by immlass at 10:40 PM on July 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


The hedgehog would've just written a letter.
posted by R. Schlock at 10:41 PM on July 27, 2013 [3 favorites]


I'm pretty sure what he meant to text was, "Jlv In a0ab 3tu åauzølbmos gjoi dji jsøg ijio sjiw4348 ø \ ", which is fox for "What the hell? Rabbits don't sound like this! Damn autocorrect!"
posted by trip and a half at 11:04 PM on July 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


actually in fox it translates to "dude look at these bears on the internet"
posted by mightygodking at 11:25 PM on July 27, 2013 [8 favorites]


Chimp calls.
posted by Segundus at 11:48 PM on July 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


He loads an app onto his phone that makes delicious rabbit noises, then leaves it in the middle of the yard. What did he expect would happen? I'm totally on the side of the fox with this one.

It'll have to work out it's own deal with the phone company, though.
posted by Kevin Street at 11:55 PM on July 27, 2013 [3 favorites]


The fox was adorable, but having never heard a rabbit squeal before I'm curious as to how those sounds were recorded.
posted by AlienGrace at 12:03 AM on July 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


It actually got me curious about animal call apps for iOS, there are a couple. I would be willing to be it isn't a recording of a real rabbit in distress but a person using a rabbit distress call thingie like this.
posted by Ad hominem at 12:13 AM on July 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Worst ringtone ever.
posted by dobbs at 12:23 AM on July 28, 2013 [4 favorites]


Foxes are sly, humans are outclassed?
posted by Cranberry at 12:53 AM on July 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yeah, having hear rabbit distress calls, I assumed it was a artificial call. Real rabbit screams will haunt you for days.
posted by [insert clever name here] at 12:53 AM on July 28, 2013 [9 favorites]


Speaking as a Swede, Norway shall never live this down.
posted by dhartung at 1:17 AM on July 28, 2013 [3 favorites]


[insert clever name here]: “Yeah, having hear rabbit distress calls, I assumed it was a artificial call. Real rabbit screams will haunt you for days.”
So there I was, looking through the screen on my back porch at the juvenile rabbit munching the grass and weeds in my yard as I lit a cigarette. "Hello, little Mister Bunny Rabbit," I said, charmed by the sight of the small, woodland creature just a few feet away from me pulling down a particularly tall stalk of grass—"Ca-caw!"—in swoops the hawk, who flies off into woods with the rabbit screaming in its talons.

The sounds made by this app were nothing like that. The fox is cute though.
posted by ob1quixote at 1:21 AM on July 28, 2013 [8 favorites]


RICK

RICK


RICK


WHERE IS THE RABBIT RICK


IS IT INSIDE THE PHONE
posted by louche mustachio at 2:04 AM on July 28, 2013 [35 favorites]


link says: Server error

:-(
posted by pjmoy at 2:36 AM on July 28, 2013


Metafilter kills another website. You know they are going to come after us about this at some point.
posted by HuronBob at 4:01 AM on July 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


This guy does a really good distressed rabbit call. It's identical to the sound jackrabbits and cottontails make from my experience hiking around and hearing it live. Kinda sticks with you in a negative ear-wormy way.
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 4:04 AM on July 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Foxes of course make some pretty nasty noises themselves.
posted by cromagnon at 4:14 AM on July 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


The page wouldn't load for me, here's Google's cached copy.
posted by tresbizzare at 4:26 AM on July 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Read the article (which was super cute), but I can't imagine why someone would want to have a rabbit's distressed cry on the phone at all. Even to see a fox. Like, it's making me distressed just thinking about it.

But that's because I had rabbits as pets as a kid, and one time when we moved, my rabbit (who was pretty old by then and didn't appreciate being temporarily held in a large empty appliance box until we could put his hutch together) woke me up in the middle of the night -- in my shiny new bedroom filled with hopes and dreams-- with the most horrific scream I've ever heard. I peeked into the box, saw he wasn't moving, and just knew. Most traumatizing pet death I've dealt with yet, made even more so by the knowledge he was obviously in a lot of pain right before he died (not to mention my teenage guilt that it was somehow my fault because I didn't give him enough attention during the chaos of the move to see something was wrong, or being able to give him the comfort he needed).

Basically if you've heard a rabbit scream, you never forget it.

So I'm not going to listen to these links, nope, nuh-uh, no way.

But a texting fox is super adorbs and I hope he gets his own twitter.
posted by paisley sheep at 4:41 AM on July 28, 2013 [4 favorites]


[Added cached version to post -- thanks, tresbizzare!]
posted by taz at 4:44 AM on July 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


The hedgehog would've just written a letter.
The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.
-- Archilochus
posted by radwolf76 at 4:44 AM on July 28, 2013 [8 favorites]


Yeah, to stay the fuck away from foxes.
posted by spitbull at 5:30 AM on July 28, 2013 [6 favorites]


Is the video working for anyone else? The one in the article brings up a message about it only being available in Norway due to rights restrictions, and the video link in the post says it's only available with VG+.
posted by flod logic at 6:05 AM on July 28, 2013


Fox News ain't cute! Oh, the other kind of fox... Carry on, then...
posted by jonp72 at 6:09 AM on July 28, 2013


"Bjercke tried to chase the critter, but because it was a fox, it got away. "

love this.
posted by fuzzypantalones at 6:14 AM on July 28, 2013 [3 favorites]


Yeah, to stay the fuck away from foxes.

It's no good though, because no matter how fast Sonic runs, Tails will just heli-fox in from off screen.
posted by radwolf76 at 6:16 AM on July 28, 2013 [6 favorites]


I thought Rupert Murdoch learned his lesson the first time?
posted by mccarty.tim at 6:46 AM on July 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


heli-fox

I believe the technical term is "asscopter."
posted by Metroid Baby at 6:56 AM on July 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


And that fox's name was...Swiper.
posted by Nat "King" Cole Porter Wagoner at 7:34 AM on July 28, 2013 [7 favorites]


My favorite text out of the bunch:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
posted by resurrexit at 7:36 AM on July 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Now to really keep punking the fox, you get 'Dude Where's My Droid' and have the rabbit call be the find tone. That way you can occasionally torment the fox in return after he keeps texting you at 3:00 in the morning.
posted by Nanukthedog at 7:41 AM on July 28, 2013


Real rabbit screams will haunt you for days

Tell me, Clarice – have the iPhones stopped screaming?
posted by arcticseal at 10:44 AM on July 28, 2013 [7 favorites]


Sorry the link got borked, and thanks for putting in the cached version, but it's still working for me here.
posted by gingerbeer at 10:54 AM on July 28, 2013


This also has a direct link to the video.
posted by gingerbeer at 10:56 AM on July 28, 2013


RICK

RICK


RICK


WHERE IS THE RABBIT RICK


IS IT INSIDE THE PHONE
posted by louche mustachio at 5:04 AM on July 28 [20 favorites −] Favorite added! [!]


That was my cats when I played this video. Yep.
posted by sweetkid at 12:00 PM on July 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Heartwarming Photos of Adorable Baby Foxes
posted by homunculus at 2:08 PM on July 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Foxes of course make some pretty nasty noises themselves.

But foxes make the cutest noises when they're gickering.

crickets and frogs to follow
posted by BlueHorse at 7:25 PM on July 28, 2013


Foxes of course make some pretty nasty noises themselves.

And that is the noise I heard late at night for several weeks wondering what ungodly monster was lurking in the back yard a night. Eventually figure it was foxes when the kits were old enough to start playing in the yard. But man, for a while I wasn't sure if I was going out of my mind or if there was a possessed demon child living in the treeline behind the house.

Rabbit screaming. (not for the faint of heart.)
posted by [insert clever name here] at 4:59 AM on July 29, 2013


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