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The bronze statue of Pebbles was created by sculptor Gill Parker

A college is to rejoice its feline resident Pebbles with a statue of the black and white cat.

Essex University declared 5 March as Campus Cat Day in honour of the 16-year-old who was first noticed wandering across the website in 2010.

Semi-feral, Pebbles now prefers snoozing within the library to searching, the college stated.

The statue was commissioned by college students and Chancellor Sarah Perry will unveil it as a part of a day of celebrations.

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A statue of Pebbles the cat might be unveiled to mark Campus Cat Day on the University of Essex

After being noticed on campus 13 years in the past, Pebbles’ proprietor was tracked down by way of the cat’s microchip.

However, he returned to campus a couple of days later. His proprietor determined the cat appeared completely satisfied and so he was adopted by the CEO of the Student Union, Craig Stephens.

“The duck inhabitants diminished barely when he was younger!” stated Mr Stephens.

“But now he is really a extremely placid cat. He loves being stroked and performed with.”

Now 16, Pebbles doesn’t are inclined to go after the wildlife a lot, preferring to laze round campus ready to be fed by workers.

He can typically be discovered snoozing throughout campus throughout the day.

His favorite sleep spots embrace The Tony Rich Teaching Centre, the advertising and marketing workplace, and a heat available radiator.

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Pebbles exterior one in all his favorite spots on the Essex college campus

As an unofficial college mascot, together with his personal social media accounts, together with Instagram, the Student Union hoped Pebbles would attend the revealing occasion, “though, in fact, it is as much as Pebbles how lengthy he stays,”  it stated.

Mr Stephens added: “He’s an ideal cat round campus and workers love him too, particularly when he spends time with them of their workplaces.

“He’s well-loved and it is proper that we’re having a campus cat appreciation day for him.

“Pebbles has introduced a whole lot of pleasure to folks’s lives, and a whole lot of college students have taken consolation with having him right here.”

The statue of Pebbles has been created by sculptor Gill Parker and might be placed inside the Colchester Campus.

The funds for it had been raised over the previous few years from the sale of Campus Cat merchandise and thru alumni help, the coed union stated.

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