Meet this year’s Irvine Times Pet Idol winner – and for the first time, the £300 prize has been won by a hedgehog.

Two year old African Pygmy Hedgehog Willow, owned by Ashleigh Gilchrist, was the clear winner in this year’s competition.

Willow was more than 100 votes ahead of the runner up, Marnie and third placed Zayna, both dogs.

Congratulations to Ashleigh who will be receiving her prize in the weeks to come.

And thanks to everyone who entered their pet in the competition as well the hundreds who cast their votes this year.