I saw my hamster once while he was missing. It was when I went to the toilet during the night. But I couldn't catch him because he was standing by the hole and I expected that he would go back into the hole again if I moved. I had no choice but to watch him quietly.
My husbund and I were relieved a little that Pants was still alive.
After he had been gone for 5 days, I felt something hit my foot when I was having breakfast. It was Pants. I cornered him quickly and caught him!! I am happy with him again.