BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU’s tiger mascot, Mike VI passed away today.
According to LSU, Mike VI was born on July 23, 2005, and adopted in 2007.
Mike was 11 years old at the time of his passing.
Mike was humanely euthanized in his night house by LSU’s Attending Veterinarian David Baker, DVM, Ph.D.
He was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma in May and underwent treatment in June.
The Bengali-Siberian tiger entered hospice care in his night house on October 10, so that his caretakers could observe him to ensure that he did not suffer.
There will not be a formal memorial service for Mike VI, but fans are encouraged to share their memories, stories and photos on social media using #MikeVI.
LSU officials say they have begun the search for a young, male tiger.
As with Mikes IV, V and VI, LSU will seek to obtain a donated tiger from a rescue facility.