The sight of a bird of prey flying around a living room may be familiar to Harry Potter but, to a Sudbury household, it came as something of a surprise.
“It was making so much noise, I thought it was a burglar,” said Sarah Johnston-Wood, from Cornard Road.
“It sounded like it was in the attic but, when I came downstairs, it was sat calmly on the window sill.”
Mrs Johnston-Wood was greeted not by a would-be thief, but by a tawny owl, which had flown down the chimney.
“It was absolutely enormous,” she said.
With daughter Lauren, 18, left watching the owl, Mrs Johnston-Wood went next door to Ardmore Vets, which sent two nurses.
“They caught it quite deftly,” said Mrs Johnston-Wood. “I could not have done it.”
After spending a few days at the vets, the owl was taken to Raptor Rescue - a specialist centre for birds of prey – before being released.
“I was pleased it got help,” said Mrs Johnston-Wood.