Have you even heard a red fox scream? Well if not, let me tell you it's a terrifying sound. At first, it vaguely sounds like a woman screaming the most horrified "ow" you can imagine; like she's trying to escape an attacker or something. If you happen to be stirred from sleep by it (as I was late last night) it can be truly frightening. Apparently it is the call of a young female red fox (or vixen) trying to find a mate to pair up with for the year. This is the second year in a row we've heard it at Scully, both times in late spring or early summer. We have a healthy population of red fox in the area and had two successful dens within a few hundred yards of the building this spring. One produced three healthy kits and the other four -- we regularly see them running around and playing together. They're great fun to have around (I guess that is until they grow up and start screaming in the middle of the night!)! If you're interested in hearing the fox scream, there's a bunch of people who have captured the sound on video and posted it on Youtube. Here's a link to one.