A homeless man named Chris has been reunited with his pet rat after social media users rallied together to help.
The 59-year-old man was devastated when his beloved Lucy first went missing. The dynamic duo is frequently seen on the streets of Sydney, Australia, and the two are virtually inseparable.
Lucy disappeared from her usual resting spot earlier this month when Chris briefly left his sidewalk setup in order to use the bathroom. When he returned to his spot and found that his pet rodent was gone, he immediately contacted the New South Wales Police Department for help.
Upon reviewing nearby security footage, the officers found that a woman had taken Lucy from Chris’s encampment.
With the help of the police force, Chris posted a photo of himself holding a sign to social media. The sign read: “My pet rat Lucy was stolen on Saturday. Lucy is black and white with a bit of brown.”
The post was shared across Facebook until it was eventually spotted by the woman who had taken the rat.
According to a statement from the police force, the woman had been walking down the sidewalk when she “saw Lucy alone, believed she had been abandoned, so took her home and cared for her.”
Upon seeing the Facebook photo, the woman handed Lucy over to the police so she could be reunited with her proper owner.
Needless to say, Chris was delighted.
“This feels wonderful,” he said in a video released by the police force. “Thank you very much everybody. She knows she’s missed me, too, aye.”
(WATCH the police video below) – Photo by NSW Police
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