Stealing a smartphone like a fox

A fox in Norway nicked off with a smartphone — then figured out how to use it.

A fox in Norway nicked off with a smartphone — then figured out how to use it.

There are all sorts of words used to describe foxes: "sneaky"; "cunning"; "clever". We think that all of them apply in the strange tale of 16-year-old Norwegian Lars Andreas Bjercke and a fox with sticky paws.

Bjercke had downloaded a hunting app that is designed to attract foxes by making dying-rabbit sounds. After a few nights of using the app — and seeing foxes curiously slinking about — Bjercke and a friend placed the smartphone on a road and started filming, just to see what would happen.

A fox absconding with said phone is what happened — but it's what happened next that is the really interesting part.

The first thing that happened is that Bjercke called his phone — and the call was answered. There was no reply on the other end, obviously — just some crackling sounds.

The second thing that happened was a text message sent from the phone to one of Bjerke's friends. We hope it wasn't anything important, because no one has been able to figure out exactly what "Jlv In ø \ a0ab 34348tu åaugjoi zølbmosdji jsøg ijio sjiw" means.

Obviously, the real question here, though, is when we can expect to see some sort of underground fox resistance, à la Roald Dahl — and will cephalopods get there first.


About the author

Michelle Starr is the tiger force at the core of all things. She also writes about cool stuff and apps as CNET Australia's Crave editor. But mostly the tiger force thing.


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