Recently-retired Uga IX passes away

Earlier this season, the Georgia Bulldogs experienced something they never had to do before as they announced the abrupt retirement of Uga IX, their live English Bulldog mascot. They introduced Que as Uga X at their overtime win over the Georgia Southern Eagles on November 21.

Sadly, the Bulldogs announced on Monday that Uga IX, also known as Russ, had passed away.

It's with a heavy heart that we announce that Uga IX, affectionately known as Russ, has passed away. #DGD

— Georgia Bulldogs (@UGAAthletics) December 21, 2015

It’s sad to think about it, but English Bulldogs traditionally don’t have a long life expectancy. Despite that, it’s still a tough day for everyone involved in the Bulldog family.

Rest in peace, Russ.

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