(Picture: @Christina Colony/Facebook, @Alyson Pearce/Facebook)A homeless man named Chris could be seen on the streets of Sydney, Australia, playing with his pet rat.
Every day the 59-year-old would be spotted doting on and feeding Lucy as the two played with each other.
Sadly for Chris though, one day when he went to use the toilet, he came back to find that Lucy had been taken out of her cage. She had been stolen, leaving Chris devastated.
Alyson Pearce, who works close to the corner where Chris sleeps, said she was curious to see why Chris was so upset one day.
Posting on Facebook, she wrote: ‘Almost every day since I started my job in the city Chris and Lucy have sat in the same spot, Chris chatting to passersby and Lucy happily munching, sleeping and looking on.
‘They are a feature of Sydney city life and I have always smiled when I see them and felt glad they had each other.’
So when Alyson, like others who enjoy the sight of Chris and Lucy, found out the rodent had been stolen, they decided to help find her.
Alyson spread the word on her Facebook which got over 20,000 shares.
Chris with Lucy (Picture: @Christina Colony/Facebook, @Alyson Pearce/Facebook)Many people were horrified that someone could heartlessly steal the only possession of a homeless man.
Others shared images of themselves with Lucy who posed with many passersby.
‘I was genuinely distressed to pass by today and see Chris without Lucy and for him to tell me that some heartless person had whisked her away.
‘Taking a homeless person’s loved pet – seriously, what a really low act. I hope that the power of social media may find someone who knows where Lucy is. I promised Chris I’d try this.’
Chris devastated to be without Lucy (Picture: @Christina Colony/Facebook, @Alyson Pearce/Facebook)The post received over six thousand comments with people saying they’d seen the pair in the past and would try to help reunite them.
The sad story has also been circulated around Australian news and Chris said he was humbled by all the attention he was receiving for losing Lucy.
(Picture: @Christina Colony/Facebook, @Alyson Pearce/Facebook)Alyson updated her Facebook page and said: ‘I saw Chris today and he is staggered by your kindness and messages. Sadly there is no news of Lucy’s whereabouts yet but I have passed on the sightings shared via this post to the police who are helping bring Lucy home. We haven’t given up hope.’
She also set up a GoFundMe page to help Chris and other homeless people in the city.
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