LSU mascot Mike the Tiger has ‘extremely rare’ form of cancer

During the late part of the 2015 college football season, the LSU Tigers announced that live tiger mascot Mike the Tiger would not make any more appearances at home games.

At the time, it did not seem like anything to be worried about, but now it seems the decision was made with good reason.

Early Monday morning, LSU officials confirmed that Mike the Tiger had been diagnosed with a form of cancer. The school does not expect Mike to live past the month of July, but he could survive for up to the next two years.

The Tigers announced the sad news on their website Monday morning.

“Once at the LSU SVM, Mike was put under general anesthesia and given a CT (computed tomography) scan to determine the cause of the swelling. All diagnostic findings were reviewed by multiple specialists, both at LSU and at other institutions, and it was determined that Mike has a tumor in his face near his nose. Biopsy analysis led to a diagnosis of spindle cell sarcoma, which is a malignant tumor derived from fibrous connective tissues of the bone. This is an extremely rare form of cancer, but this type of cancer is unlikely to spread to other areas of the body.”

Mike VI was born in 2005 and took over as their live mascot in 2007, making him one of the longer-tenured mascots in team history.

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