Long before he was known as LSU’s tiger mascot Mike VI, he was just “Roscoe” from Indiana.
That’s the story told Sunday in a piece by George Morris in The Advocate that details the story of Steve Cotner and the tiger.
Cotner reflects on the time he helped raise the tiger who would later become the beloved mascot at LSU. Mike VI has only a month or two to live because of cancer.
Cotner was a volunteer at Great Cats of Indiana and was allowed to take “Roscoe” home until he grew big enough to be dangerous after a few months.
Early on, Cotner said, he was assigned to Roscoe, who was separated from his mother at 2 weeks old. Cotner said he wanted Roscoe “to understand ‘no’ and not to kill me.”
“Everywhere I went, he was following me or right beside me,” Cotner said. “We had four or five people in there, but he would always come to me. So, I guess he picked me over me picking him.”
Cotner shares some nice details about Mike VI’s upbringing, and about their reunions a couple times in Baton Rogue since the tiger was donated to LSU.
In response to Sunday’s story, a GoFundMe page has been started to have Steve and Mike VI, or “Roscoe”, meet up one last time.