LSU Vet: Mike the Tiger has only 1 to 2 months to live

Mike VI (Photo Courtesy: WAFB)
Mike VI (Photo Courtesy: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (KLFY)— LSU’s live tiger mascot, Mike VI’s tumor has grown cancer has spread despite treatment, according to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

LSU’s Mike the Tiger rests on the field a game in 2013 in Baton Rouge. Mike VI was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year. (Photo: AP file photo)
LSU’s Mike the Tiger rests on the field a game in 2013 in Baton Rouge. Mike VI was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year. (Photo: AP file photo)

Mike VI was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma in May 2016.

On Oct. 3, Mike VI was anesthetized and taken to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine for a CT scan.

According to a news release, the scan was performed to check the status of the tumor in Mike’s head. The results of the procedure along with a physical exam revealed that Mike’s tumor had resumed growth and his cancer had spread.

Mike VI (Photo Credit: Samantha Morgan WAFB)
Mike VI
(Photo Credit: Samantha Morgan WAFB)

The CT scan revealed that the tumor located on the right side of mike’s head near his nose had encroached further into his nasal cavity. Mike had also developed multiple nodules on his lower right rear leg, throughout his lungs, and elsewhere.

LSU’s attending Veterinarian David Baker, DVM, Ph.D., said he believes that mike could live another one to two months. He added Mike will be humanely euthanized before he succumbs to 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.”

According to the news release, Mike will be outside on days when he feels feel enough to do so but will be kept inside if his caretakers feel it is in his best interest.

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