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January 14, 2016 08:10 PM

Whatever secret reconnaissance mission SWAT Cat was on, it is now over. 

The tortoiseshell calico adored by the Boston Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics team has returned to the group’s base in Roxbury after disappearing last year, reports The Boston Globe

Affectionally known as SWAT Cat, the agency’s unofficial mascot disappeared without a trace in late November, leading many officers to share the news on social media and hang fliers in the neighborhoods around the base. After a month passed, with no major leads, the team feared the cat had been stolen, killed or lost – a grim end for an animal considered to be a good luck charm by many officers. 

But SWAT Cat was only on temporary leave; on Thursday she reappeared back at the base looking hungry and emaciated. Suesan Williams, a tailor for the department who also helped care for SWAT Cat, thinks the feline might have gotten stuck somewhere without food before she made her way back. 

The (SWAT) Cat Came Back!At about 7:00 AM this morning, Thursday, January 14, 2016, exactly one month after we posted…

Posted by Boston Police Department (Official) on Thursday, January 14, 2016

“The minute she got out, for some reason, she went to where she knows her home is,” Williams told the paper. 

Now SWAT Cat can get back to watching over her devoted team of humans and keeping a handle on the base’s mouse population. Welcome home, officer.

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