The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine recently scanned to check the status of the cancerous tumor in LSU’s live mascot, Mike VI. During this exam, veterinarians found that the tumor had resumed growth and the cancer has spread, according to a release by LSU University Relations.
A press conference was held Wednesday morning where Director of the Laboratory Animal Medicine Dr. David Baker spoke about Mike VI’s condition, stating that the tiger has about one to two months to live.
“We will not allow Mike to suffer,” said Baker, according to a release by LSU University Relations. “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.”
In May 2016, Mike VI was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma and underwent stereotactic radiotherapy, which initially shrunk the tumor.
However, Baker, according to the release, reported that the x-rays revealed multiple tumors in Mike VI’s leg, lungs and elsewhere. LSU’s current plan is to allow the public to say its goodbyes before humanely euthanizing him.The release reported that it will begin a search for a young, male tiger from a rescue facility that has a clean bill of health to become Mike VII.
Mike VI’s remains will be donated to the Andonie Museum to be preserved alongside Mike IV and Mike V.