A Northamptonshire husband and wife couldn't believe their eyes when a raccoon crawled in through the cat-flap and began rummaging through their drawers.
The creature, indigenous to North America, even tried hanging off door handles and testing their pet cat's basket before lying on his back for a quick nap during the bizarre incident.
Marek Chapanionek, 44, was defrosting his freezer at around 11.30pm on Monday (15/5) night when the raccoon entered his house at Horton near Northampton.
The animal ran riot round the account manager's house, terrifying their two-year-old cat Dotty.
Marek even rang daughter Katherine, 19, who is a second-year politics student at the University of Reading, as the creature rummaged through her bedroom drawers.
Eventually Marek managed to shepherd the unexpected visitor into the porch of the house - using a washing basket - where the raccoon had to remain overnight.
Marek rang the RSPCA, who came and took the animal away.