Advertiser crowns Top Pet 2014

Advertiser crowns Top Pet 2014

Michael Owens

Advertiser crowns Top Pet 2014
Leila Garcia and top pet Cocoa

The votes are in and this year's Top Pet competition winner is a one-year-old cat from Maidenhead called Cocoa.

She was rescued by the Garcia family of Orchard Grove last year and picked up double the amount of votes of her closest rival to be crowned the area's favourite feline.

"I feel very excited and so are all of my family," said 11-year-old Leila, who persuaded her parents Simon and Mani to enter.

The St Edmund Campion School pupil took a shine to Cocoa after she was found as a kitten.

She had been abandoned for about four weeks with just her infant brothers and sisters for company.

The family, which also includes 14-year-old Leo, believes their kitty is half Siamese and half Balinese and was named for the chocolate-brown markings.

Leila enlisted help from friends and family to cast their votes and shrug off competition from 99 other entrants including the likes of Gordon the crayfish, Turbo the tortoise and a hamster named Tupac.

"There were some quite funny ones and cute ones," she said.

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