You wouldn’t expect to see a racoon in a doghouse - but that’s exactly where “Bandit” has found himself at Tattershall Park Farm.
Bandit, a fully grown male racoon - disappeared from his pen at the farm on Christmas Eve.
When he didn’t turn up for the next few weeks, farm owner Shirley Morrell was convinced the lovable rogue had gone missing - for ever.
But two-and-a-half months later, an eagle eyed relative spotted “Bandit” on the roof of his pen.
Apparently, he’d spent the previous weeks “hiding away” in one of the barns at the farm.
According to Mrs Morrell, his taste for fresh meat explains why a number of chickens and rabbits disappeared during his “break out” - when she’d been pointing the finger of blame at foxes.
Mrs Morrell told the News: “It was a shock on Christmas Even when we discovered a number of the pens were open - including the one where Bandit lives.
“We contacted the police because if racoons are cornered, they can become quite aggressive.
“We had reports from all over. People had definitely seen him at Tattershall Village Hall.
“We set traps but when all we ever caught were people’s cats we thought he’d gone...until we spotted him on the roof.”
Mrs Morrell said it took seven men two hours - and four step ladders - to get Bandit back in his pen.
A week later, her husband spotted Bandit’s secret hideaway a - complete with chicken bones - in a pile of straw in the barn.
She added: “He’s not best pleased he’s back but there again, we’re not happy with him. He’s definitely in the doghouse!”