A schoolboy had a shock when he returned from the playground to find a fox asleep in his bed.

Alexander West, nine, was stunned to see the baby fox snuggled in his duvet in his bedroom on the second floor of his home.

The youngster had left the back door of the townhouse open when he ran outside to play and the female fox had crept inside and made herself at home.

“Alexander shouted down saying there was a fox in his bed, but I didn’t believe him,” said mother Dina Luminati-West. “I thought it must be our cat asleep on his bed, but then I saw the long pointed nose and realised it was indeed a fox. I was absolutely shocked, but Alexander was quite excited and pleased she had chosen his room. I said it was because it was so messy.”

The small fox is believed to have been in the house for up to four hours on Monday afternoon.

Traces show she crept in through the back door then up to the second floor, where she tried the main bedroom before settling on Alexander’s bed for a nap.

“His bed wasn’t made and she must have liked the look of his warm duvet,” said Dina, from Hemel Hempstead, Herts.

“We’ve seen foxes in a den at the back of our house since moving here 12 years ago but we’ve never heard of them going in any of the houses here. She was in a bit of a poor state and was probably looking for somewhere nice to stay for a few hours. Alexander loves animals, but a bedroom’s not the best place for a fox. We’ll be keeping our door firmly shut from now on.”

Dina closed the bedroom door on the fox and called the RSPCA, who took her away.

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