There was a hoot in a forest, but it wasn’t an owl.

Riddle: There was a hoot in a forest, but it wasn’t an owl. There was a Wee-u in the forest, but it wasn’t a firetruck. What am I?

Let’s first look at the vocabulary in the riddle. What does a hoot mean? Hoot is the sound that an owl makes, but the riddle says that it wasn’t an owl. So let’s move on. What is “wee-u”? It’s an expression to describe a fire truck’s siren (or hooter). But it wasn’t a fire truck. What can it be? The answer is… A lyrebird. You might not exactly know how a lyrebird sounds.

 

But the riddle actually doesn’t depend on your knowledge of the lyrebird’s sound. It actually plays a trick on you with the word “lyre”. A lyre is a musical instrument that makes a wee-u sound! Or a hoot!

Answer: A lyrebird (surprised you, eh?)


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