WATCH: Shock as kids reunited with long lost family pet
AT FIRST they couldn't believe what they were seeing.
But when little Odin, 2 and older sister, Amelia, 5 realised they were looking at their long-lost pet cat, disbelief was quickly replaced with pure glee.
Caloundra dad Ricky Shearer was shocked to receive a call from the Currimundi Veterinary Surgery on Friday asking him if he had a lost cat named Sid.
Mr Shearer did have a lost pet, but his fluffy, two-year-old rag-doll went missing more than seven months ago and his family believed the worst had happened.
The family had moved from Bundaberg to a rental at Meridian Plains while looking for a place to buy.
Sid wasn't allowed out of the rental until he was used to his surroundings, but the day the moved Sid escaped through a back door left open briefly.
Mr Shearer said he tried chasing after the car but it was too late.
The family contacted all of the veterinary clinics, pinned posters around the Coast and regularly contacted the pound.
But Sid had disappeared. Until a mysterious woman brought him into the vet surgery seven months after his disappearance.
Currimundi Veterinary Surgery owner Sue Botha said the woman had noticed Sid hanging around her Caloundra home.
"The woman told us Sid wouldn't leave her alone," Mrs Botha said.
"He kept hanging around and it looked as if he wanted to come inside her house, so she brought him in.
"We checked his microchip and were able to call Sid's owners right away."
She said it took Mr Shearer a moment to take in what she was saying.
"Sid was fine and we looked after him until he was picked up," Mrs Botha said.
Mr Shearer said his family had given up.
"When I got the call I just thought, how is this even possible?
"Just the other day my daughter was saying how much she missed Sid. So when I brought him home on Friday she was in a bit of shock.
"I think it goes to show how important it is to get your pets chipped, we are really happy to have Sid back it's just surreal."