The package was undamaged but when he opened it he was surprised to hear a rustling sound and noticed that two of the toilet paper rolls had been chewed and torn.
When he looked inside one of the rolls he found a dormouse, who had made itself a nest. “He seemed quite comfortable, he didn’t want to come out,” said Christoph Lechner.
He released the dormouse into his garden, in Feistritz am Wechsel, where he hopes it will build a new nest.
Dormice are mouse-like in appearance with a bushy, furry tail. Most are nocturnal, and can sometimes hibernate for up to six months.