Homeless man reunited with pet rat after police search for ‘stolen’ rodent

A homeless man who thought his pet rat had been stolen has been reunited with the rodent thanks to a little help from the police in Australia.

Chris, 59, and Lucy are a familiar sight to many people in Sydney.

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
So when, earlier this month, Chris was spotted with a sign saying she had been stolen, police were keen to help.Officers released CCTV images of a woman who appeared to have taken the rat on April 6 when Chris went to use a public toilet, leaving Lucy outside.

But it turned out the woman had picked up the rat, thinking it had been abandoned, and taken it home to care for it.

Thanks to the publicity from the police’s initial Facebook post they were able to retrieve Lucy and reunite her with her grateful owner on Thursday.

A video posted by New South Wales Police shows a delighted Chris kissing his pet and telling officers: “Sorry to put you all through the trouble of looking for her.”

He added: “This feels wonderful. Thank you very much everybody.”

- Press Association

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