19/04/2012 12:42 BST

Fox In A Bed: Sleeping Vixen Causes A Stir (PICTURES)

A fox fed up of snoozing on the streets took a fancy to an eight-year-old boy's bed, curling up in the duvet while the young lad played.

The wild vixen, was not feeling so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when she crept into Alexander's house in Hemel Hempstead. She took a kip for around four hours, says mum Dina Luminati-West.

After taking the pic, she closed the door and called the RSPCA.

She said: “I was shocked but Alexander was pleased she chose his room. I said it was because it was so messy.

“His bed wasn’t made and she must have liked the look of his warm duvet"

Rip van foxle?

Foxes are native to Britain, although thousands were imported in the 1800s, when fox hunting was popular amongst the gentry.

There are currently just over a quarter of a million foxes in Britain, with most living in Scotland. In March one of the largest foxes ever seen was caught by a farmer in Aberdeenshire.

The 38lb 10oz fox was more than 4ft long compared to the average 2-3ft fox. Foxes can be vicious, especially in urban areas, where they are used to human contact.

In 2010, a mother described her "nightmare" when her twin babies were apparently mauled by a fox as they slept in their cot.