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Pebbles's story

Pebbles the Campus cat, looking majestic

"My life motto is 'If I fit, I sit' and I really try to stick to it."

My name is Pebbles, but I’m also known as Campus Cat. I used to live nearby in Greenstead, but one day, as I was wandering around, I discovered the University’s Colchester Campus and I realised that this is the best place on earth. It wasn’t easy to say goodbye to my family, but at the end of the day, that’s just what cats do: they follow their own paths.

I found it easy to make friends at Essex. One of them was Michael Spencer, the Student Unions’ Vice-President (Education) at the time, who ran a campaign for me and as a result I got officially adopted by the SU – my new family.

I have a registration card and I love attending lectures! After having attended more entrepreneurship lectures than most of the students, I started selling my own merch, which you can find in the Everything Essex shop on campus. Get yourself a mug with my face on, a keychain, a magnet, or even a little stress-busting squeezy me! All profits help to pay for my food and pampering!

I never really cared about being famous, but it seems that it’s just my destiny! I have a fan page on Facebook with over 7,700 followers, a popular Twitter account and I’ve been featured on BBC and ITV. I constantly have a crowd of students following me all around campus and taking photos. I even received a golden bowl when Essex was awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017, so now I get a royal breakfast every day!

My life motto is “If I fit, I sit” and I really try to stick to it. Whenever I’m not in lectures I wander around, occupy chairs, chill by the lakes or earn myself some treats. When you start at Essex, come and pet me!


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