The death of Mike VI at LSU came swiftly as he continued to battle cancer and his body took a turn for the worse last weekend.
In a letter to the editor of The Advocate Thursday, LSU vet David Baker ensured a fan base that the beloved animal didn’t suffer in his final hours.
“While we might have been able to nurse him along for a few more days, Baker said. “That would not have been in Mike’s best interest. Mike’s well-being was always our sole concern. It might comfort people to know that even after receiving an anesthetic Tuesday, Mike VI was “chuffing” at his caretakers. This tells us that while he felt poorly, he was not suffering. As promised, we would not allow that to happen. It also showed us that he trusted us to the end to care for him.”
Baker also detailed the concerns of the veterinary staff at LSU which included Mike’s tumor further damaging his sinus cavity.
“We could not allow that to go on because it would eventually lead to his suffering. According to our pathologists, both of these concerns appear to have been well-founded. It was discovered that the cancer had spread to almost every organ in Mike’s body, such that it was unlikely that he would have lived more than a few more days.”
Mike VI was 11 years old when he passed away Tuesday after he was euthanized in his night house. He had been moved into hospice Monday after his health declined. Fans have gathered at Mike’s enclosure on the LSU campus since his death to leave notes and remembrances.