LSU’s live mascot, Mike the Tiger, has cancer

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BATON ROUGE, La.-  Mike VI, LSU’s live tiger mascot, has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, the school announced Monday.

Mike is suffering from spindle cell sarcoma, a malignant tumor derived from fibrous connective tissues of the bone.

He is undergoing radiation treatment in hopes of reducing the tumor’s size and allowing him “to live comfortably for some time.”

According to the school, Mike’s caretakers noticed swelling on the right side of his face earlier this month.

After Mike underwent a CT scan, the diagnosis was made.

It is estimated that Mike could live an additional 1-2 years with treatment, according to the school. Without treatment, he might live only a month or so.

Mike VI was born in 2005, and became LSU’s live mascot in 2007. He lives in a specially built, 14,000-square foot habitat outside Tiger Stadium and makes regular appearances at LSU football games.

Updates on Mike VI’s condition will be made available at www.lsu.edu/miketiger and on his social media pages.

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