It’s fair to say that Børstad didn’t see a Pulitzer in store for her work on this one, but she opted to look into it anyway.
“I wasn’t very excited,” Børstad told The Dodo, “but decided to check it out.”
Børstad came to learn that Hansen’s daughter has a pet hamster at home, so he knew just how important it was to help.
“If some kids have lost it, then it will be seen as a disaster,” Hansen told Børstad. “So I took the chance to try to catch it.”
Little did either of them know at the time just how unexpectedly the story would unfold.