For some time, it looked as though LSU’s live tiger mascot, Mike VI, was on track to improbably extend his life after a large tumor was found in his head.
But a visit to the veterinarian and a CT scan taken Monday revealed the tumor had resumed growth and the cancer had spread, the school announced Wednesday.
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The last update on Mike VI came in June, when his most recent checkup revealed that radiation therapy had eliminated the swelling in his face, caused by the tumor. It was the first time radiation therapy had ever been used on a tiger. It was at least temporarily effective, though it left the 420-pound, 11-year-old Tiger with radiation burns on his face.
LSU will hold a news conference at 10:30 CT with LSU’s attending veterinarian David Baker to update the situation further.