BATON ROUGE - Sad news for our SEC friends at LSU.
Ailing mascot Mike the Tiger (Mike VI) has been transitioned to hospice care and will no longer be appearing in the yard, according to a post from Mike VI's Facebook account.
Mike VI's cancer is growing and spreading.
According to LSU's Attending Veterinarian David baker, Mike VI's cancer has spread throughout his body and he may only have another one-to-two months to live.
"The cancer has obviously spread," Baker said. "We met as a team and we agreed that nothing more could be gained by administering additional radiation."
Although radiation treatment done earlier this year shrunk the tumor, a new CT scan revealed that the tumor, located in the right side of the tiger's head near his nose, has resumed growth. Additional tumors have also been found in Mike VI's lungs and right rear leg.
“We will not allow Mike to suffer,” Baker said. “We will monitor him closely every day and will humanely euthanized him when the time comes. This is about treating Mike with dignity, compassion and respect.”
He is the only live tiger mascot living on a college campus in the United States. Mike VI is 11 years old, and has been LSU's official tiger mascot since 2007.
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