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Star Trek's Tribbles are known for two distinctive sounds they make: a soothing coo/purr noise when they're petted, and a harsh, grinding shriek to express their dislike of Klingons. Have the cast or crew ever talked about where those sounds came from?

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Sound effects editor Douglas Grindstaff combined altered dove coos, screech owl cries and emptying balloons to create the tribble sounds.

Source: http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/The_Trouble_with_Tribbles_(episode)

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Wow. I came so close. I looked at the Memory Alpha article for Tribbles, but not the episode they appeared in! *sadface* –  Mason Wheeler Mar 16 '13 at 5:20

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