BATON ROUGE – Mike VI, LSU’s live tiger mascot, has long been a part of the LSU community and its athletic traditions. While Mike did not attend any LSU home football games in 2014, LSU announced today that it will attempt to load Mike into his trailer for the first three home games.
LSU’s first three home games will be played Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. vs. McNeese State, Sept. 19 at 2:30 p.m. vs. Auburn, and Oct. 3 vs. Eastern Michigan at a time not yet announced.
“Mike’s behavior last year demonstrated that he was unwilling to load for the games,” said F. King Alexander, president of LSU. “We hope he will come to the games this year, but we are prepared to revisit our decision in early October if he chooses not to load.”
Alexander said the other option is to leave Mike in his habitat for the fans to enjoy from there rather than including him in pre-game festivities at Tiger Stadium.
Since Mike VI arrived on campus in 2007, he has attended 32 of the 57 home games. In 2007 (Mike VI’s first season), he attended all but the first home football game. In 2008, Mike VI attended the first two home games but no others. In 2009, he attended all but the first home game. In 2010, he attended all but two home games, and in 2011, he attended every home game. In 2012, he attended four games and missed four due to either a wet field or his unwillingness to load. In 2013, he attended three games, and in 2014, he did not attend any home games.
Mike is the only tiger living on a college campus and one of only two live tiger mascots in the country. He was born July 23, 2005, and came to LSU when he was two years old. At the time of his arrival at LSU, he weighed 320 pounds. Mike currently weighs about 440 pounds. Mike VI was donated to LSU by Great Cats of Indiana, a nonprofit sanctuary and rescue facility for big cats and other large carnivores, located in Idaville, Ind. He made his debut in Tiger Stadium on Oct. 6, 2007, for the Florida vs. LSU game.
“Mike’s health and wellbeing are always our top priority,” said Alexander. “We are grateful to our School of Veterinary Medicine for the extraordinary care they provide our beloved mascot.”
Contact Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations