A homeless man has been reunited with his pet rat after a pedestrian mistakenly took the animal home.
Chris, a 59-year-old homeless man who lives in Sydney, Australia, would normally be seen with his pet rat, Lucy. The two were normally found walking the streets of the city and were pretty noticeable.
According to Good News Network, in early April, Chris left Lucy alone while he stepped away from his spot to find a bathroom. When he returned, his pet was gone. Immediately, he contacted the local authorities, and after watching some surveillance video, they discovered a pedestrian walked by and picked the rat up.
Great news! Officers from Sydney City Police Area Command have reunited a homeless man and his pet rat today, after she went missing last week. Just after 2pm on Saturday 6 April 2019, a homeless man left his pet rat 'Lucy' on a milkcrate on Pitt Street while he used a nearby bathroom. A woman, who walked past and saw Lucy alone, believed she had been abandoned, so took her home and cared for her. Thanks to all our Facebook followers, Lucy was safely retrieved today and returned to her owner.Posted by NSW Police Force on Wednesday, April 17, 2019
To help find the lost rodent, the New South Wales Police Force helped Chris post a photo online, describing the rat that was taken. The photo went viral, and eventually, the woman who took Chris' furry friend found it and contacted authorities. According to her, she "saw Lucy alone, believed she had been abandoned, so [she] took her home and cared for her.”
While picking up the rat was an honest mistake made by someone with good intentions, we have to wonder what would possess someone to grab a rat off the street. One would expect to see rodents on the sidewalk, even if you don't see them every day. It's also hard to tell the temperament of a street rat, so she's lucky this one appears to be pretty friendly.
Still, Lucy was taken by someone with good intentions and as soon as she was made aware of her wrongdoing, she handed the rodent to the police, and the rat was reunited with her owner. In a video posted by the New South Wales Police Force, Chris is elated when his pet is returned. Interestingly enough, it appears as though the rat recognized him as well, giving him what appears to be little kisses on his lips. Lucy is clearly well trained too, as she climbed over the police officers, without getting aggressive, or even nibbling.
We can't imagine the distress Chris felt when he initially lost his pet. It's always a worrying time when a companion runs away, but to know Lucy was taken from his bags would be equal parts worrying and frustrating. Thankfully, she was in good hands, however, and the post made its way to the right person.