When a fox nabbed Norwegian teenager Lars Andreas Bjercke's cell phone and stole away into the woods, the 16-year-old didn't anticipate hearing back from the furry animal. But that's what happened.
Bjercke had downloaded an app on his smartphone to make it emit rabbit noises, according to the site LiveLeak.com. Then he played the phone in his yard, prompting a local fox to circle the yard in response over the course of several nights.
Bjercke and his friend Sigurd Grønvik Bachke decided to see what they could capture on video. With Bachke filming, Bjercke put his smartphone on the ground and the two watched as the fox investigated what must seem like very strange prey:
After the fox nabbed the smartphone, Bachke tried calling it using his own. According to the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang (in Norwegian), the fox apparently answered.
Bachke told the paper he heard something crunch like the fox was fiddling with the phone and then they listened for about five minutes. At first the kids thought it was funny until they remembered that the fox still had Bjercke's smartphone…somewhere. That's lame, they thought.
Then, a day after the fox took the device, one of Bjercke's friends contacted him through Facebook to say she'd received a weird text message from his phone: "jlv I øi\a0ab 34348tu åaugjoi zølbmosdji jsøg ijio sjiw." Fox language isn't on Google Translate yet, unfortunately.
Since then, Bjercke has turned off his lost phone but told Verdens Gang reporters that he still hopes to find it one day. Who knows — maybe the fox snapped some pics, too.
Photo: The fox, caught on video investigating Norwegian teen Lars Andreas Bjercke's cell phone. Credit: Sigurd Bachke (video).