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KarenC
Jun. 19, 2012, 10:11 AM
This is driving me crazy. The other night, I heard the most creepy sound coming from the woods behind my house. It sounded like a VERY BIG LOUD crying baby "waaaa, waaaa". It was the first time I've heard this noise, and I've lived in this house for over a year. It even freaked my normally very brave dog out. I have since heard it twice - around 1:00 AM and also in the early morning when it was starting to get light out but the sun wasn't yet all the way up. It sounds like it is coming from above, in the trees. I've lived in the country for years and NEVER heard anything like this - although this is the first placed I live that has a heavily wooded area so near the house.

I've been doing some research on the internet and possibilities are a fisher, a fox, or a screech owl...but none of the clips I've heard sound exactly like what I heard. It did seem to possibly be more than one, but I can't be sure, I was too freaked out to check it out more closely. The first time I thought it might be an animal in distress, but since it has happened a couple of times since, I think it may be a mating thing or something like that.

What do you experts think? I live in SW Michigan, on a wooded 4 acres with all different kinds of trees, on a small, swampy lake. Very quiet dirt road. I have seen plenty of foxes around here, but I'm leaning towards the fisher. I would think if it was an owl or pair of owls I would have heard it before now and more regularly.

Links to any sound clips would be appreciated.

Derby Lyn Farms
Jun. 19, 2012, 10:19 AM
Was it a loud screeching, almost like a woman screaming? Seeing as how you were freaked out, it may have been a bobcat. Freakiest noise I have ever heard.

allanglos
Jun. 19, 2012, 10:22 AM
A Mongoose!

jse
Jun. 19, 2012, 10:24 AM
Are there foxes in your area? They sound like a baby screaming and it's kind of an eerie sound....

Laurierace
Jun. 19, 2012, 10:44 AM
Another vote for fox. Could also be a rabbit in major distress but fox is more likely.

sea-glass
Jun. 19, 2012, 10:45 AM
Sounds like a fisher to me! I live in Maine and they are common, and they absolutely sound like a crying baby. Very creepy.

Watch out if you have any cats, I lost two of mine in 10 years (outdoor cats that always came home) to what I think may have been a fishercat.

kasjordan
Jun. 19, 2012, 10:47 AM
If you're seeing foxes, I would be 99% sure that's what you're hearing. They have a TON of different noises and they're all freaky! lol

Check out this sound page-
http://www.angelfire.com/ar2/thefoxden/redfox_distress.wav

luvmytbs
Jun. 19, 2012, 11:03 AM
Vote for fox also.

Guin
Jun. 19, 2012, 11:11 AM
Fox. Just wait til you hear their impression of someone being murdered.

Appsolute
Jun. 19, 2012, 11:12 AM
Around here... there is an animal that is LOUD and sounds just like a crying baby or distressed person....

PEACOCKS!

No idea if you have any around you, but farms around here are known to have them, and quite a few get lose and become feral. Just this morning while on my commute I heard a screach of a peacock from up in a tree.

Sport
Jun. 19, 2012, 11:36 AM
I agree with Appsolute.
Peacocks are loud and sound like a baby.

SherwoodAcres
Jun. 19, 2012, 11:53 AM
My dog! Lol... I know not the answer you're looking for but she does! She throws temper tantrums that sound very much like a baby. When I worked at a vet clinic I was able to bring her in, if she wasn't getting what she wanted she would cry, I had many people on phone calls ask if there was a child with me lol!!!

For those interested, this is Tatum (my dog) halfway through a tantrum http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NncNpOteeak

witherbee
Jun. 19, 2012, 12:39 PM
I was going to say Peacocks as well. We have a ton of them here and they sound like a baby crying.

ChocoMare
Jun. 19, 2012, 01:47 PM
Other critters that sound like that: two siamese cats fighting and/or possums mating/fighting.

cheval convert
Jun. 19, 2012, 02:01 PM
A cat in heat can sound like a crying baby as well.

alternate_universe
Jun. 19, 2012, 02:13 PM
I've heard some pretty freaky sounds that resemble a baby crying crossed with zebra sounds. lol It can get pretty loud and happens at about the same time you describe. However, we don't have fox in my area, but we do have raccoons, which are what I've always attributed it to.

Nootka
Jun. 19, 2012, 02:57 PM
Around here... there is an animal that is LOUD and sounds just like a crying baby or distressed person....

PEACOCKS!

No idea if you have any around you, but farms around here are known to have them, and quite a few get lose and become feral. Just this morning while on my commute I heard a screach of a peacock from up in a tree.

OMG YES.. The ones I have heard drive me crazy!!

RiverBendPol
Jun. 19, 2012, 03:12 PM
A rabbit being killed has a MOST blood-curdling SCREEEAM-sets my hair on end.....it is horrific.

Equibrit
Jun. 19, 2012, 03:20 PM
Check out the female screech owl; http://www.owlpages.com/sounds.php

KarenC
Jun. 19, 2012, 03:33 PM
I can guarantee it is not a rabbit. I am, unfortunately, intimately familiar with the sounds of a rabbit being killed. No peacocks in this area.

If I hear it again, I'll tape it and link to it. Still stuck between fox, fisher, and owl - but leaning towards the fisher or owl because it really seemed to be coming from the trees. Although the only critter I have seen with my own eyes around here are fox. How loud are owls? I mean, this was LOUD. Wake the dead loud. It also sounded, well, not to be melodramatic, but seriously, it sounded sinister. I don't know how else to describe it. I'm usually big on investigating these kind of things and started to heading down with the flashlight and got all girly and ran back to the house. And I'm generally a pretty tough chick...

ToTheNines
Jun. 19, 2012, 03:40 PM
A fawn can cry like that. I had one crying once at my place, don't know why, but it did sound like a person.

Doodlebug1
Jun. 19, 2012, 03:46 PM
A fawn can cry like that. I had one crying once at my place, don't know why, but it did sound like a person.

funny, I was just about to ask what types of deer you have near you. I'll try and find a recording.

Equibrit
Jun. 19, 2012, 03:50 PM
Fox noises;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6NuhlibHsM

Doodlebug1
Jun. 19, 2012, 03:56 PM
If there are several Muntjac deer nearby it can sound very weird - here is a recording of a couple of muntjac:

http://nickpenny.com/muntjacscalling220708.mp3


And a lone deer - it can really sound like someone crying out 'help, help'

http://nickpenny.com/muntjaccall050508.mp3

Here is a good site for identifying different fox calls
http://www.angelfire.com/ar2/thefoxden/farcry.wav

Ssporthorses
Jun. 19, 2012, 04:02 PM
Elk sound a lot like crying babies or screaming women too!

zoehesed
Jun. 19, 2012, 04:06 PM
what about a mocking bird? They mimic noises they hear... if one heard a baby crying perhaps it is now making baby crying noises?

TheJenners
Jun. 19, 2012, 04:09 PM
Wolfen!

(As if anyone else has ever read that particular novel...hehehe).

twadwis
Jun. 19, 2012, 04:18 PM
If you have water around it may be a fisher, they like like to have around water for food.......seldom seen but extreme killers and yes sound like a baby.

Pa Rural
Jun. 19, 2012, 04:19 PM
Fox- I used to hear it all the time- sounded like someone being murdered off in the distance or a baby crying-

could also be cats or a racoon

Frank B
Jun. 19, 2012, 04:54 PM
Here's a library of animal sounds (http://www.foxprosounds.com/foxprosoundpreviews.html) for you to browse through.

grayarabpony
Jun. 19, 2012, 04:59 PM
Barred Owls can make some spine-tingling ruckus before going into their "who cooks for you, who cooks for you all" call.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barred_Owl/id

We have Barred Owls on our farm and they have made my hair stand on end on occasion.

Fish Crows can sound just like crying babies too, only they vocalize during the day.

Aggie4Bar
Jun. 19, 2012, 05:13 PM
Well, my DH shot a raccoon a few years ago that screamed like a toddler just before it died. It freaked both of us out. I was in the house and thought I was hearing a baby shrieking, so you can imagine my reaction when he came in 2 second later totally shaken up and holding the gun. He hasn't shot one since.

I would say the odds are pretty low that's what you're hearing though... b/c you'd probably only hear it once.

Plainandtall
Jun. 19, 2012, 05:22 PM
I would say peacock for crying baby... but when you say maniacal- I go straight to barred owl. They sound like something primate/human with an element of demonic posession... although frightening, I would not mistake a barred owl for a baby- unless it was a posessed baby.

http://www.owling.com/Barred.htm
The sound clip all the way to the right- is the scary one.


I am very glad that one day I got to enjoy a long sighting of a barred owl in daylight- I went home and looked up his call so I would know if I ever heard him. One fall I was up in a treestand before dawn- and two of them started screaming back and forth to each other on either side of me... if I wasn't forwarned I think I might have had a heart attack from fear i was going to be devoured by a troop of rabid baboons.

Fishers are known to be spine chilling.

asb2517
Jun. 19, 2012, 05:55 PM
Bigfoot? Just kidding...

Futuresmom
Jun. 19, 2012, 05:58 PM
A Basenji dog does... I had one...just like a crying baby!:yes:

Guin
Jun. 19, 2012, 08:09 PM
Wolfen!

(As if anyone else has ever read that particular novel...hehehe).

Yes, indeed. When I was about 12 or so. Couldn't get out of bed to turn the light off.

JSwan
Jun. 19, 2012, 08:34 PM
Fox noises;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6NuhlibHsM


You just drove my dogs insane. I played this clip and they rushed out of the house.

They're out there now; down by the pond. Wondering where the fox is. :lol:

JanM
Jun. 19, 2012, 09:08 PM
Siamese cats in heat can sound like that. I wouldn't have believed that a small cat could make that horrible, loud crying sound until I saw it myself. The neighbors had one that shrieked like that constantly, and it must have had something wrong with it, because I've heard they only do that when in heat.

Chall
Jun. 19, 2012, 09:20 PM
Apparently a lot of animals sound like that. For me raccoons sound like a crying baby being murdered. It's usually a pack or family of them fighting over food, but really, I just jump up worried then get really mad at them for making me worry.

Tux61096
Jun. 19, 2012, 09:29 PM
One night, I was awoken by a crying toddler, the kind of wailing that had me convinced one of my seemingly normal neighbors was abusing one of their children. I would hear the crying then it would stop, when it would start again I would run over to the window nearest the sound and peer towards the house next door wondering what the heck I should do, because clearly some poor child needed help!

Finally, after I couldn't take it anymore, I decided to step out my door. . .what I saw was my cat tormenting a large possum. The possum would try to flee (they are not very speedy) and the cat would give him a couple of swats on the behind, which would cause the possum to stop, turn and face his tormentor and wail like an abused toddler, repeat.

Marshfield
Jun. 19, 2012, 09:34 PM
Bobcat or fisher

Kachina
Jun. 19, 2012, 11:54 PM
Um well, porcupines can sound like that. I went to investigate one night the eeriest sound and it was two porcupines in a tree. Might have been romance, might have been war, but I was relieved it wasn't a fawn caught up in wire.

Ambitious Kate
Jun. 20, 2012, 10:25 AM
Baby Bigfoot.

Aggie4Bar
Jun. 20, 2012, 10:34 AM
Chupacabra? :winkgrin:

KarenC
Jun. 20, 2012, 01:14 PM
After much research and careful discussion with a friend who also witnessed the sound, we are convinced the only thing it could be is zombies. :lol:

BarbB
Jun. 20, 2012, 01:19 PM
Foxes make unbelievable sounds when they get together. Screaming, crying baby temper tantrum is pretty common.
I was amazed to discover the noise was foxes.... was all set for zombies.

wendy
Jun. 20, 2012, 02:04 PM
zombie foxes?

reay6790
Jun. 20, 2012, 08:25 PM
Woke up at 2 am one morning to hearing what sounded like a child being murdered!!! turned out it was a cat in heat/ cats mating. it totally freaked me out.

War Admiral
Jun. 20, 2012, 09:32 PM
Haven't read the whole thread yet but if no one has suggested it, try these (http://www.angelfire.com/ar2/thefoxden/sounds.html). If the link has already been posted, my apologies!

Meadow36
Jun. 20, 2012, 10:04 PM
A dying rabbit. Screams like a baby.

ellebeaux
Jun. 20, 2012, 10:44 PM
screech owl. Little bird BIG sound. I had one outside my bedroom. Woke up in the middle of the night and ran outside because I was convinced someone was up in a tree torturing a baby.

Okay, I was sound asleep! But several of my neighbors came out too, so I wasn't the only one!

Event4Life
Jun. 21, 2012, 06:58 AM
Around here... there is an animal that is LOUD and sounds just like a crying baby or distressed person....

PEACOCKS!

No idea if you have any around you, but farms around here are known to have them, and quite a few get lose and become feral. Just this morning while on my commute I heard a screach of a peacock from up in a tree.

Yeah, this was my first thought too. Horrible sound to hear in the middle of the night when you have to walk outside in the middle of nowhere Wyoming to get to the toilet!

Plainandtall
Jun. 21, 2012, 07:36 AM
Martina- That's VERY interesting to know about the misattributed sound!

As for your "RAAANT" ... is it a nighthawk?

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/browse_tax/12/

KarenC
Jun. 21, 2012, 09:50 AM
I am still on the fence - could be a fox (or foxES), could be screech owls. I'm leaning towards the owls simply because I listened to ALL their calls online and I am convinced I have them based on their more standard, non-creepy call. However, also listened to a bunch of the fox calls and they sound a little more like the creepy factor.

Have not yet ruled out zombies, either.

morgansnmind
Jun. 21, 2012, 01:41 PM
You got a big selection to choose from :0)


Got any goats around? The police came out the other day because a neighbor heard a child calling for help..sigh. Those darn baby goats from next door keep getting out and then start hollerin for mommy.

FoxChaser
Jun. 22, 2012, 10:58 PM
We have barn owls that sound like something being killed... or looking for its lost mother depending on who is doing the calling. Check out their calls too. Our screech owls, well, don't "screech". If you haven't already found it, this (http://www.owlpages.com/sounds.php/) is a great guide to owl calls.

mayhew
Jun. 22, 2012, 11:04 PM
I think you have a ghost. :eek:

Concetta
Jun. 22, 2012, 11:41 PM
A red fox, a Fisher Cat, or an Ermine

asb_own_me
Jun. 25, 2012, 03:03 PM
After much research and careful discussion with a friend who also witnessed the sound, we are convinced the only thing it could be is zombies. :lol:

This is the best thing I've read today :lol:

Bacardi1
Jun. 25, 2012, 03:26 PM
Could be (& most likely is) a fox; possibly a Fisher Cat; most likely NOT "Ermine" (aka Weasel in winter clothing) will only make a sound when it's being murdered.