The mascot community has certainly given its due attention to LSU’s Mike the Tiger since the announcement of his rare form of cancer. LSU has been treating him to extend his life for a few years.
LSU fans certainly hope Mike VI can pull through, as he is one of the true treasures of the Death Valley experience.
He got some recognition for his presence at Death Valley in a recent roundtable from ESPN, which named him the best mascot in the SEC.
“The SEC has some cool mascots, for sure,” Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN wrote. “But does it get any cooler than a real, live Tiger? Mike the Tiger, LSU’s mascot, resides in a 15,000-square foot habitat on campus (which includes lush planting, a large Live Oak tree, a waterfall and a stream) and before home games, he is escorted in a trailer near the visitors’ locker room to intimidate opponents as they enter. You can even watch Mike on his live “Tigercam.” Mike VI — who has served as the current Mike the Tiger since 2007 — weighs about 500 pounds and eats 25 pounds of food per day (175 per week). When it comes to mascots, a live Tiger is as fierce as they come.”
Not many schools have a live tiger mascot and incorporate said feline into their pregame intimidation routines. It is certainly a unique tradition, and the mascot deserves some kudos.