NSW Police Reunite Homeless Man With His Beloved Pet Rat

As a planet, we're facing horrific plastic pollution, elections are being meddled with, people are being killed left right and centre and it all seems a bit much.

But every now and then, there is a glimmer of happiness that brings us out of our dark world.

That couldn't be more evident than in Sydney when the New South Wales police tracked down a rat that had gone missing from a homeless man.

In a statement, police said: "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."

Chris, 59, was devastated after his beloved pet disappeared, feeling like he'd never see his companion again. But after a social media call out, people started searching high and low for the rodent before police decided to step in.

According to 9 News, Chris and Lucy the rat are a bit of a fixture and people who walk past them each day will know they are inseparable.

While some people might start saying this was a 'bad use of police resources', they should realise this has provided immense joy to a man who doesn't have much.

When Chris saw his rat, he was absolutely blown away.

"Yep, that's her," The Pitt Street local told police. "That's her. She's got the blind eye, that's her. She remembers me, kiss, kiss.

"It feels wonderful. Thank you very much, everybody. She knows she's missed me too."

The photos of the reunion have gone absolutely viral, with the pictures and video being liked, shared and commented on by 77,000 people. Fans from across Australia are pleased to see this man so happy that he has his mate back in his arms.

Featured Image Credit: NSW Police

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

Next Up

arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up camera clock close comment cursor email facebook-messenger facebook Instagram link new-window phone play share snapchat submit twitter vine whatsapp logoInline safari-pinned-tab Created by potrace 1.11, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2013