Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Mike's cancer spreads

It doesn't look good for Mike the Tiger.  LSU reported on

LSU’s live tiger mascot, Mike VI, was anesthetized and taken to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine on Monday, Oct. 3, for a CT (computed tomography) scan to check the status of the tumor in his head. The CT scan and a physical exam revealed that Mike’s tumor has resumed growth, and the cancer has spread.

Although the radiation treatment initially shrunk the tumor, the new CT scan revealed that the tumor, which is located on the right side of Mike’s head near his nose, has resumed growth and has encroached further into his nasal cavity. The cancer has also spread, and Mike has developed multiple nodules on the lower right rear leg, throughout his lungs and elsewhere. At this time, LSU’s Attending Veterinarian David Baker, DVM, Ph.D., believes that Mike could live another one to two months, but he will be humanely euthanized before he succumbs to the cancer.

“We will not allow Mike to suffer,” said Dr. Baker. “We will monitor him closely every day and will humanely euthanize him when the time comes. This is about treating Mike with dignity, compassion and respect.”

Mike will be outside on days when he feels well enough to do so; he will be kept inside if his caretakers feel it is in his best interest.

Mike VI was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma in May 2016 and underwent stereotactic radiotherapy on June 1 at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center in Baton Rouge, La. For more information on Mike’s cancer diagnosis and treatment, please go to or visit his social media pages ( and @MikeTigerVI).

Poor Roscoe.  


Anonymous said...

This Proud Bulldog sends Best Wishes & Heartfelt Prayers

Anonymous said...

Yep it's time to call in the family

Kingfish said...

The Jackson Zoo has a tiger.... The Jackson Zoo needs money..... ;-)

Anonymous said...

LSU needs the money too......

Anonymous said...

So sorry for this Tiger's illness.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for Mike, but never understood why the LSU Tigers have a tiger as a live mascot. The name has nothing to do with an animal; the name comes from the Louisiana Tigers, an infantry group of the Civil War.

Wouldn't it make more sense for the LSU Tigers to dress up someone in a civil war uniform and stalk the sidelines?

Anonymous said...

Sad for Mike and his caretakers. Prayers offered from a Rebel.

Anonymous said...

Dress up in a civil war uniform? In 2016? Heck, Ole Miss already had to get rid of Colonel Sanders as a mascot. He went back to selling fried chicken at KFC (nothing wrong or racist about eating fried chicken, but I prefer Popeye's). LSU is much better using an animal and dealing with PETA than using civil war uniforms and dealing with those issues.

Anonymous said...

3:07, the Black Bears are the basis for the idea. Yes, they had to give up on their Colonel Sanders and he got replaced with a replica bear. If Mike is not doing good, no need to get a new live animal, or do what UM did with their animal mascot -put someone inside a bear costume. Since the bears have their KFC costume hanging in a closet, thought LSU could borrow it, make a few adjustments, and then bring the rath of those that don't want to remember the War of Northern Aggression down on them.

The rest of us could all enjoy it; just think, problems at UM, problems at LSU. What could be better?

Anonymous said...

RIP sweet Mike. But not sure how the school will deal with that dumbass Orgeron.

Anonymous said...

I assure you a tiger is not "sweet". He would eat you if available.

Anonymous said...

May this be the last living tiger used for this ridiculous practice. Stuff him but do not replace him.

Anonymous said...

dawgs gonna put a big whooping on the awebern tigers this weekend !

Ophelia said...

The poor beast should be euthanized, and the school should switch to a big buffoony looking costumed mascot. Football is kind of stupid anyway, but imprisoning a live beast meant to lope wild and free is...well, even stupider. And cruel.

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