LSU’s tiger mascot, Mike VI, has been diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma, university officials announced.
Doctors have estimated that his life expectancy is one to two years if he undergoes treatment for the “extremely rare form of cancer.” Without any treatment, he could live one to two months.
Mike was treated after his veterinarian noticed swelling on the side of his face. The veterinarians sedated him and proceeded with tests. They determined that the swelling was a tumor near his nose.
The tiger is expected to undergo stereotactic radiotherapy, which delivers radiation to the tumor in a highly focused manner. The procedure will not cure the cancer but would extend Mike’s life and allow him to live comfortably.
Mike IV has been the team’s tiger since 2007. Mike II had the shortest span as the team's mascot from 1956 to 1958 as he died due to multiple fractures to his left rear leg.