Imagine an owl flew down your chimney, broke some ornaments and then happily fell asleep on the fireplace.
Now, imagine the exact same thing occurred the very next day, because that’s what happened to Southport couple Ed Jones and wife Joyce!
The tawny owl somehow managed to get down the chimney of their house in Allerton Road twice in consecutive days.
On the first occasion, Ed and Joyce heard loud noises coming from their living room and found the bird asleep on the fireplace!
They called the RSPCA for help and animal rescuer, Lisa Lupson, managed to encourage the owl out of a window using her net.
However, the following day Ed and Joyce were shocked to discover the owl had returned - and was sat on the same spot on the fireplace happily sleeping!
Again the couple called the RSPCA and this time animal rescue officer (ARO) Lauren Bradshaw managed to safely capture the owl and released it outside in the garden.
Ed, 67, said: “I couldn’t believe it the first time - then the fact it came back the day after - I thought I might have to start charging it rent!
“It was so funny to see it sat in the same spot and he actually looked like an ornament on the mantle shelf rather than a real bird.
“He certainly made his presence known on both occasions as some of our ornaments were rearranged and he broke a 20-year-old vase which we had bought in Greece.
“There are also marks on some of the wood furniture from his talons but we are just so pleased he was in good health and happily flew off.
“We are really grateful to the RSPCA for helping. I was going to go and try to let him out of the room myself but my wife was worried that the bird could injure me.”
Ed said it isn’t the first time the couple have had birds finding their way down their chimney - which has a guard on it - but he now plans to have further work carried out to prevent this happening.
He said: “We have had a couple of magpies come down the chimney and some jackdaws which I usually just let out of the window - but this owl was a big surprise and certainly made his presence known! “
Animal rescuer, inspector Lisa Lupson, said: “When I arrived at the house the owl looked quite chilled and just sat there but I could see he had moved some ornaments and pictures on the wall and caused some damage.
“I was really shocked when I found out that my colleague, Lauren, had to attend the following day as the owl had returned. He must have really enjoyed his stay the first time round - and clearly had a hoot!”
Lauren added: “The owl was healthy so I took him onto the garden to release him and watched as he happily flew off. Hopefully he will learn from the two incidents and keep away from the chimney.”