Chris and Lucy are inseparable. We often see them around Sydney, Australia, while Chris chats with passers-by, Lucy nibbles vegetables and naps. But on April 6, Chris left Lucy on a crate of milk while I was using the restroom nearby. When I returned, Lucy was gone.
A heartbreaking picture of a devastated Chris sitting on the street without Lucy was posted on social media.
"My pet rat, Lucy, was stolen Saturday," reads the sign. "Lucy is black and white with a bite of brown."
In a screen capture of an anonymous Facebook message posted At subreddit r / trashy, a passerby stated that they were "really anxious" to see Chris without Lucy.
"Take a pet loved by a homeless person," says the poster. "Seriously, what a really low act you like, republish this story in the hope that the power of social media can find someone who knows where Lucy is."
The screen shot became viral and made the front page of Reddit last week. Other redditors, some of whom Chris personally knew, commented on their disgust.
Fortunately, the local police brought Chris and Lucy together.
According to a Facebook to post by the police, a passing woman thought that Lucy had been abandoned and was taking her home. Lucy was "found safely" Thursday and returned to her rightful owner.
In a comforting video, the agents took Lucy to Chris in a cardboard box. After carefully examining the rat, Chris confirmed that it was his beloved pet.
"Yes, she remembers me," I said in the video, bringing Lucy to her face for a kiss. "Sorry for putting you in trouble."
Lucy showered Chris in tiny rat kisses and perched on his shoulder to take pictures.
"She is really adorable," he says.
Good job, internet.