PHOTOS have emerged of a fox startling onlookers after it snuck its way into the Houses of Parliament on Thursday evening.
It was spotted by staff climbing a staircase and making its way into Portcullis House, evading security as it went.
The creature was eventually captured by police - but not before the fox had made it up to the fourth floor!
Wearing thick protective gloves, officers managed to get the animal into a box, and brought it back downstairs before releasing it back onto the streets underneath Big Ben.
Conservative MP Julia Lopez tweeted: "Team Lopez: just leaving Westminster office for the night and see a fox climbing escalator into Portcullis House! We have seen some strange things in Parliament since 2017, but this tops it!"
This way Sir please...fox runs amok in the Commons pic.twitter.com/ElK9ZERVzZ
— MoS_Politics (@MoS_Politics) February 6, 2020
Labour MP Kerry McCarthy later tweeted a photo of what appeared to be fox droppings outside her office, signalling that the fox was now two floors up, along with the hashtag "#Foxontherun".
"So apparently there was a fox running around in Portcullis House atrium about half an hour ago, and now I’ve just found this outside my office (2 floors up!)," she wrote in a tweet alongside a photo of the fox’s droppings.
A video later emerged of the animals being released back onto the streets of Whitehall, courtesy of a big blue box and a wooden panel - 'Foxit', anyone?
The fox has been taken out of Parliament. Excellent work! pic.twitter.com/o8L7vQKopn
— Kate Ferguson (@kateferguson4) February 6, 2020