Ziggy, a white and ginger cat from North Wales, makes it easy to see why we’re so obsessed with felines.
Ziggy’s owner was dumbfounded when her kids came home with the new school photos, only to reveal to their mum that Ziggy had single-pawdedly stolen the show.
The mischievous fella had jumped up onto a school desk and posed for his own set of school photos, a move Ziggy’s owner, Emma Roberts, said was both ‘funny’ and ‘embarrassing’.
Emma adopted Ziggy back in 2019, and the cat almost found itself back in the pound thanks to a string of bad behaviour that involved pulling kids Megan and Chloe’s hair and trashing the house.
But Ziggy eventually settled down and adopted Megan and Chloe’s nearby school - Drury Primary School - as his second home.
Emma explained: “The school has just accepted him and he goes there at any opportunity. He's there every day.
"He sleeps on the headmaster's desk, on piles of books and he goes into every classroom. He even strolls across the hall when they're having an assembly.”
Explaining how she felt when her daughter handed her the school snaps, Emma added: “When I looked I was just in floods of laughter and so were the other mums standing by me.
"I asked her what had gone on and she said he just jumped on the chair. He didn't need any encouragement, he just got up there for a photo.
“He's just an absolute menace. It was real mixed emotions, it was funny and embarrassing."
Emma said that he first slinked into the school a couple of years ago and was booted out of a PE cupboard, but has since made it clear he has no plans to stay away from the premises.
Headteacher Mark Biltcliffe said that it's been 'tough' trying to stop Ziggy wandering onto school grounds and he is now an 'accepted visitor'.
Biltcliffe said: “It's difficult to keep a cat off the school grounds, even if you wanted to, but thankfully he's one of the nicest cats I've ever come across.
"He thinks he's a pupil so it's fitting he's had his own photo. I think it'll be put up on the staff noticeboard.”
He added: "It's his second home I think. His attendance is not an issue and he's actually setting a good example to the other children. We've not been looking to have a school cat or dog really, but he chose us."
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