Mike VI, LSU’s live tiger mascot, died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer, the school announced.
Mike was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma, a rare condition, in May 2016 and underwent stereotactic radiotherapy on June 1, 2016. However, LSU announced Monday that Mike’s cancer had progressed and he was entering hospice. LSU’s attending veterinarian David Baker euthanized Mike in his night house.
Mike was 11 years old.
Mike was born on July 23, 2005 and came to LSU when he was 2 years old. He made his debut in Tiger Stadium in Oct. 6, 2007 in a game against Florida.
Baker has already started the process of identifying a new cub to be Mike VII. As with past Mike’s, the school will find a rescue Tiger with a personality that is “confident, engaging and interactive,” Baker said.
The school will not host a formal service for Mike, but LSU has encouraged fans to share their memories of the mascot on social media using the hashtag #MikeVI.
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