Kuorii Gorilla of Cuzzoe – nicknamed "Go Go" at home, is owned by Justin Pelletier and Eric Valencia of Raleigh, North Carolina. He was one of just 6 cats in the final, consisting of 3 shorthair and 3 longhair cats. Amazingly, this was the first show in which Gorilla was able to compete as an adult. And Justin and Eric had another cat in the final – a black female Persian kitten called "Kourii Chiquitas of Cuzzoe". Not only that, but for the first time in history they also own last year’s winner, "Kuorii Santos of Cuzzoe".
"He’s just a youngster at eight months of age, but he is a superb example of the Persian breed," said CFA President Pam DelaBar in a press statement. "He has massive bone structure, a round and smooth head, plus gorgeous color and coat."
"This is the first time in CFA’s history that an Open, the entry level of competition for an adult cat, has ever won Best In Show at an International Cat Show! We are also very proud of our new little girl. At 5 months of age, she won Best LH Kitten at the International show!" said Gorilla’s owners on their website.
Other finalists included a platinum Tonkinese male called "Purrtek’s Syrah", a silver and white American Shorthair called "KCDancers Eye-of-the-Tiger", a Maine Coon called "Highlander Tony Bennett of Wenlock", and a Burmese cat called "Mar-chu Electra of Karleton".