Louisiana State’s beloved tiger mascot Mike VI has died after a four-month battle with cancer, the school announced on Tuesday. Mike, who did not make any appearances on the football field because of his illness this season, was 11 years old.
— LSU Tigers (@LSUsports) October 11, 2016
Mike VI, who came to LSU as a rescue in 2007, was euthanized on Tuesday in his night house, just about a week after LSU attending veterinarian David Baker announced the animal’s spindle cell sarcoma had returned and spread. Mike VI underwent stereotactic radiotherapy in June, which initially shrunk the tumor near Mike VI’s snout, but new tests last week revealed it had begun to grow again. Cancer tumors were also found in other parts of Mike VI’s body.
On Monday, Mike VI was removed from his on-campus habitat and put into hospice care so Baker could make his final hours as comfortable as possible.
“We will not allow Mike to suffer,” Baker said last week after announcing the cancer had grown more aggressive. “We will monitor him closely every day and will humanely euthanize him when the time comes. This is about treating Mike with dignity, compassion and respect.”
LSU fans left messages of love and support to Mike on Tuesday and even one of Mike’s fellow mascots chimed in.
— Mike the Tiger (@LSUmiketiger) October 11, 2016
On Monday, University of Texas mascot Bevo XV, a live steer, sent Mike flowers.
— Mike VI (@MikeTigerVI) October 7, 2016
The school, which is now searching for its next tiger rescue, said it will not hold a formal memorial service for Mike VI.