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MikeV.jpg LSU's mascot, Mike the Tiger has died.
The bengal tiger, Mike V, died at 2:23 a.m. Friday morning, said Ginger Guttner, public relations spokesperson for the LSU School of Veterinary Science. A press conference will be held at 2 p.m. today at the LSU Vet School.
Mike V, was considered to have the best personality of all the tigers that have served as LSU's symbol. Originally named Stevie, he was donated by Dr. Thomas and Caroline Atchison of the Animal House Zoological Park in Moulton, Alabama. Born on October 18, 1989, the 7-pound baby tiger was introduced to LSU fans at a basketball game in February 1990. In his 17-year reign, Mike V saw an LSU football team win another National Championship (in 2003) and received both a new trailer and a massive renovation of his enclosure.

In March 2007, Mike V officially began a three-stage retirement. His personal vet, David Baker, cited his age and health as reasons. Mike V retained his mascot status and lived in his on-campus habitat until his death.

Mike the Tiger passed away on May 18, 2007 at 2:23 AM. The cause of death was renal failure.

(text from Wikipedia, which is on top of things - they had this posted early this morning.)

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Craig Wiseman May 18th, 2007 10:06:37 AM

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