LSU mascot Mike the Tiger will be euthanized due to spreading cancer
School officials said that Mike VI, LSU’s live tiger mascot who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in May, will be euthanized after a CT scan discovered that the tumor in the tiger’s face has grown.
LSU veterinarian David Baker said during a Wednesday news conference that Mike has one-to-two months left to live. The CT scan conducted earlier this week also found another cancerous tumor in the base of his neck and a string of about 10 smaller tumors in his leg.
Mike received treatment — the first of its kind for a tiger — over the summer at Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Center. While the treatment extended Mike’s life for a short time, Baker said, medical professionals decided to discontinue the radiation therapy.
Baker said LSU will not euthanize the tiger until his condition begins to worsen. The school will immediately begin the search for a new live tiger cub to be LSU’s mascot.