Sun mainly works late at night, when it’s less noisy, raising the chance that a lost animal will emerge from hiding.
He stays up, sometimes in a tent, waiting for any sign of the pet.
At around midnight, as he waits for any sign of Duoduo, a figure flashes across the monitor.
Huang and Sun scan the area and see the cat in the bushes.
He opts not to use the blow dart, instead he phones the cat’s owner, Li, who can barely contain his excitement when he arrives and sees Duoduo.
Li calls to him but the stressed pet wouldn’t budge.
After 10 agonising minutes, Li approaches Duoduo and grabs his cat.
“Let’s go home!” Li told Duoduo, stroking the prodigal cat’s fur.
Those are some of Sun’s favourite words.
“When our case is solved, it’s basically a reunion,” he muses, adding: “It’s a happy moment.”
VIDEO BY QIAN YE. PHOTOS BY NOEL CELIS/afp