Couple find an OTTER sleeping in their bed

W-otter cheek! Couple find an intruder sleeping in their bed – after slipping through the pet gate, eating their cat’s food and breaking a candlestick

  • Linda Goldie, 73, and Peter, 70, were relaxing at their holiday home in Cumbria
  • An otter had managed to sneak in through the cat’s gate before eating his food
  • Peter went searching before eventually finding it asleep on their bed 
  • He was in no rush to leave and spent a few extra minutes looking around 

A couple found an OTTER sleeping in their bed – after it broke in through their pet gate and trashed their holiday home.

Linda Goldie, 73, and her husband Peter, 70, were relaxing at their holiday home in the coastal vilage of Skinburness, Cumbria, when the intruder snuck inside unnoticed.

The cheeky creature managed to squeeze through the bars of the couple’s pet gate designed to stop their cat Millie from escaping.

Linda Goldie, 73, and her husband Peter, 70, were relaxing at their holiday home in Skinburness, Cumbria, when an otter (pictured) snuck inside unnoticed

The animal caused a mess throughout the house and even broke a candle holder before it started eating the cat’s food

Linda Goldie, 73, and her husband Peter, 70, (pictured) had heard a noise at the gate but never realised an otter had sneaked in until they investigated further

On its way to have a snooze, the otter caused havoc in the living room, scattering cushions and knocking off a candle holder.

It had also helped itself to some of Millie’s cat food and was later sick on the carpet.

Linda, a retired town clerk, was reading a book in her conservatory when she heard the commotion indoors, and assumed it was Millie.

Peter went into her bedroom to investigate, and to his utter disbelief discovered the brazen otter curled up asleep on their bed.

When Peter made it to the bedroom he found the otter asleep on the bed, before they quickly shooed it out

Linda, a grandma-of-two from Shildon, County Durham, said: ‘My husband had told me that he had seen an otter in the garden and it had just ran off.

‘I wasn’t really concerned at first – I just went into the conservatory to read my book.

‘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.

‘The cushions were everywhere, the candle set was in pieces on the floor and there was sick on the carpet.

‘That’s when he went in to the bedroom and found the otter asleep on our bed.

‘He walked out and told me and I couldn’t believe it – it was such a shock to us both!’

The little otter was in no hurry to go back outside though, he snuck under Linda’s dresser for some time and even had a sneak peak in other rooms before he left

With the help of a man who they’d hired to clean their oven that day, Peter, a retired site manager, shooed the otter off their bed and down onto the carpet.

But it didn’t leave quickly, instead hiding under Linda’s dresser for a while – forcing Peter to get a stick from outside to hurry it along.

Their visitor had managed to sneak in through the cat’s gate, and the couple now need to ‘otter-proof’ the gate

The otter then casually strolled down the hallway and walked out the front door – still looking about the house as it went.

‘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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