Emma Slade, 39, left the door open in the early hours to let her dog into the garden of her home in Canvey Island, Essex, only for a fox to make its way inside

A woman was surprised when a fox crept into her home and trashed her kitchen – before taking a rest on the counter.

Emma Slade, 39, left the door open in the early hours to let her dog into the garden.

She heard banging through the night and thought it was her daughter returning home, but was confused when she found the kitchen covered in rubbish the next morning.

The mother-of-three discovered the bins were toppled over, laundry strewn across the floor, and unfortunately, a poo was left behind.

The cleaner was ready to blame the pet dog until she spotted a cheeky fox was the culprit – and was calmly curled up on the counter top, in Canvey Island, Essex.

Emma Slade, 39, left the door open in the early hours to let her dog into the garden of her home in Canvey Island, Essex, only for a fox to make its way inside

Emma Slade, 39, left the door open in the early hours to let her dog into the garden of her home in Canvey Island, Essex, only for a fox to make its way inside

Emma Slade, 39, left the door open in the early hours to let her dog into the garden of her home in Canvey Island, Essex, only for a fox to make its way inside

The mother-of-three discovered the bins were toppled over, laundry strewn across the floor, and unfortunately, a poo was left behind

The mother-of-three discovered the bins were toppled over, laundry strewn across the floor, and unfortunately, a poo was left behind

The mother-of-three discovered the bins were toppled over, laundry strewn across the floor, and unfortunately, a poo was left behind

The cleaner was ready to blame the pet dog until she spotted a cheeky fox was the culprit - and was calmly curled up on the counter top, in Canvey Island, Essex.

The cleaner was ready to blame the pet dog until she spotted a cheeky fox was the culprit - and was calmly curled up on the counter top, in Canvey Island, Essex.

The cleaner was ready to blame the pet dog until she spotted a cheeky fox was the culprit – and was calmly curled up on the counter top, in Canvey Island, Essex.

It took three hours to clean up the mess after her daughter’s boyfriend, Mason, bravely picked up the fox and carried it outside, on Friday morning.

Ms Slade said: ‘Next time I hear banging in the night I might get up and check!

‘I thought it was my daughter and her boyfriend coming in, but it was actually a fox!

‘I was quite scared at first, but it didn’t even flinch or want to move at all.

‘The door was closed when I came down in the morning so it must have blown closed in the night and the fox had gotten stuck.’

Unfortunately for Ms Slade, in a probable attempt to escape, the fox had trashed most of her kitchen.

She said: ‘There was no real damage but all the washing was on the floor, bins on the floor and a lot of poo!

‘There were flowers all over the sofa. It took three hours to clean up everything.

‘I’m not the biggest fan of foxes as the night I moved in my rabbit was eaten by a fox, so maybe it’s the same one.’

Ms Slade posted a video of the encounter online and was told to call the RSPCA.

But her daughter’s boyfriend Mason was on hand to remove the lost fox and put it back outside.

She has since vowed to keep her kitchen door shut to prevent another messy visit. 

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