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What does the fox say? Local fox answers and becomes online sensation

By Shay Arthur
Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:42:06 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 04 2013 02:00:00 AM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

A local fox is getting some online buzz by answering the simple question, what does the fox say?

What Does the Fox Say? Is an international hit by Norwegian duo Yllvis.

The video, which shows people dancing around in quirky animal costumes and explaining various animal sounds has more than 200 million views on YouTube.

The song has the line, "but no one knows, what does the fox say?"

Sharon Clay, curator of animal programming at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding decided to answer that question with the help of Loki the red fox.

Clay posted a video of her asking Loki, "what does the fox say?" and in response Loki yelps and jumps in excitement.

On Tuesday night at 7 p.m. the video had more than 82,000 YouTube views.

"They make a lot of barks, yips, whine, whimpers, you know a lot of the sounds they make sound very similar to your domestic dog, considering they are their wild counterpart. They chose an animal that makes 28 different vocalizations," said Clay.

On Tuesday afternoon year and a half year-old Loki showed off his jumps and barked.

Over the weekend Loki's antics were picked up by the popular website Reddit, which helped launch him to international stardom.

Clay said there is also interest from Good Morning America and very fittingly, FOX News.

"He's energetic beyond belief he's always running and moving. You know wagging his tail, yippin' and yappin' and getting into things. He's just a lot of fun," explained Clay.

Loki's name comes from the Norse God of mischief and although he's a star now, he comes from humble beginnings.

Clay said he's an orphan, originally from Modesto, who was rescued and wouldn't be able to survive in the wild. 

Clay explained Loki's fun behavior is how he would act in his natural behavior which is why they are excited about the exposure of their video.

"The more people that we can touch and the more people that can learn to appreciate these animals, the happier and better we feel about it."

Clay encourages everyone to come check out Loki at Turtle Bay, along with other animals.

Turtle Bay's winter hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Watch the video here.