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Mike VI, LSU’s mascot since 2007, has reportedly been stricken with a life-threatening condition.
From The Advocate:
Mike was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma after his veterinarian, David Baker, and veterinary student caretakers noticed swelling on the right side of Mike’s face, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine said in a news release. On May 12, the tiger was sedated in his night house and brought to the school for an examination and diagnostic tests.
The tests, which were reviewed by multiple specialists, found that Mike has a tumor in his face near his nose. It was identified as spindle cell sarcoma, a malignant and “extremely rare” form of cancer, LSU said. The cancer is unlikely to spread to other areas of the body.
Just terrible news for Mike. Mike has a treatment plan in place, including radiation therapy. However, the therapy is not expected to cure the disease. It’ll only prolong his life and allow Mike to live comfortably.
Mike has had a long run on the LSU sideline. He first arrived on the scene as a two-year-old beast during the October 6, 2007 game against Florida, which was an LSU comeback victory over Tim Tebow and company.
Sad day at LSU..
[via The Advocate]
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