A mum-of-six thought her son had had a bad dream when he woke her up saying there was a “scary bird” – until she opened her eyes and saw an owl “starting” right at her.
Sarah Johnson, from Southport, said it was about 4am when her son Jack, 3, ran into her room and tried alerting her to a “big scary bird” in the house.
She thought her son was still in his fantasy world when she opened her eyes and saw the owl on her headboard.
The mum sprung up and opened all the windows to try to get the owl to leave but the night bird spent a whole hour with them before finally taking off.
Sarah, who works as a phlebotomist, recollected the night saying: “My three-year-old came running in the room saying ‘there’s a big scary bird with big eyes mummy’. I told him to get back in bed and that he was having a bad dream.
“Then he said ‘no, look mummy, it’s there!’ and pointed at the headboard. So I turned round and it was just there. I was petrified!
“I went round all the kids’ bedrooms and opened all the windows but it kept going round all the bedrooms.
“It was on the bunk beds watching the kids asleep next to their heads. I was panicking because I don’t know if an owl is aggressive or not. Eventually, after an hour, it went.”
Luckily for Sarah, it was only her youngest son, Jack, who woke up during the commotion. Her triplets and two eldest sons didn’t wake up and get the same fright.
Sarah said she has been awake since the incident this morning, with Jack not being able to sleep again after seeing the owl.
Sarah posted pictures of the owl on Facebook after it flew out of the house, with the owner coming forward and apologising after his pet bird had escaped.
Sarah only thought to put the post up after seeing the owl had a tag round its leg.
She said: “It’s something you don’t ever expect to happen to you, but I just didn’t know what to do. It was just staring at me, I thought I was dreaming at first.”
The owl is believed to have got in through Sarah’s eldest child’s window after Kyle, 12, went to sleep with it open.
The owner of the owl commented on Sarah’s post saying: “He took off last night around 10pm and then returned at half six this morning when I let the dogs out.”
He then quickly apologised, saying: “I apologise for him disturbing you.”