I heard an animal noise coming from outside of my home in the wee hours of this morning.
I guessed that it was a fox. We (in the neighbourhood) see a single scrawny fox from time to time, often at daybreak.
By coincidence my friend Megan who lives in Maryland also heard an animal noise last night - she too guessed that it was a fox, and found this video which confirmed what we had thought.
It was either a very loud fox, or there was one in MD and another in FL.
Penne slept through the entire performance.
( I imagine that the sound of a barking fox is commonplace in the U.K. where they have settled in as urban inhabitants).