LSU will be without one less Tiger on the sideline this season– literally.
Mike VI, the school’s live mascot, will not attend home game this season and remain in his natural habitat as he recovers from a rare form of cancer, the school announced on Tuesday. While he may not be on the field for Gameday, Mike VI will be let out of his yard during the early mornings so he can be seen by Tigers fans.
The live tiger was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in May, and underwent radiation treatment on June 1 for spindle cell sarcoma.
According to the press release, Mike VI responded to the treatment and the tumor in the mascot’s face has shrunk in size. The Tiger does not appear to be in any pain at the moment as his diet and attitude remain normal.
“Eventually the radiation-resistant cells remaining in the tumor will resume growth,” the release said. “As for time frames, it is estimated that without treatment Mike would have lived for just one or two months; with treatment, perhaps one to two years.”