A couple got more than they bargained for from their staycation when they found an otter asleep in their bed – after it broke in and trashed their holiday home.
Linda Goldie, 73, and husband Peter, 70, had been enjoying a trip to their holiday home in Skinburness, Cumbria, when the tiny trespasser managed to sneak in.
The uninvited visitor squeezed through the bars of the pet gate designed to stop their cat, Millie, from escaping, before wreaking havoc upon their home – scattering cushions, knocking off a candle holder, and sampling some cat food which it later threw up onto the carpet.
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Retired town clerk Linda had been reading a book in her conservatory when she heard strange noises coming from indoors, but assumed it was just Millie causing the commotion.
"I wasn't really concerned at first," she said.
"I remember hearing a rattle at the pet gate, and now I look back it must have been the otter.
"Peter went in to check on Millie, and found the house in a right mess."
Peter was then prompted to check the bedroom, where he found the creature having a nap in the couple's bed.
Linda said: "[Peter] walked out and told me and I couldn't believe it – it was such a shock to us both!"
Enlisting the help of a man they'd hired to clean their oven that day, retired site manager Peter was able to shoo the otter off their bed.
But the shameless animal wasn't in any hurry to leave.
It set up camp under Linda's dresser, forcing Peter to get a stick from outside to hurry it along, before casually wandering down the hallway and strutting out the front door.
"I was terrified because I thought it was going to come out at 100mph – but it just got off the bed and went under the dressing table," said Linda.
"Then it sauntered down the hall like it owned the place – it was hilarious!
"I've washed the sheets and had the carpets cleaned since its impromptu visit.
"The cat was really frightened, but we're just thankful they didn't cross paths as that could have ended very badly."
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