Mike the Tiger’s cancer spreads; vet says he has 1-2 months to live

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The late Mike VI photo Courtesy LSU

BATON ROUGE (WGNO) – Mike VI’s cancer has spread. The live tiger mascot for LSU has one to two months to live, an LSU veterinarian said at a Wednesday morning press conference.

Dr. David Baker, said the cancerous tumor near Mike’s nose has grown. The cancer has also spread to other parts of his body.

“We will not allow Mike to suffer,” Baker said. “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.”

Mike the Tiger was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in May. He underwent radiation treatment, which was expected to extend his life by one to two years.

Mike VI was born July 23, 2005 and came to LSU when he was 2 years old. At the time of his arrival at LSU, he weighed 320 pounds. Mike currently weighs about 420 pounds.

To get updates on Mike’s condition, go to www.lsu.edu/miketiger or visit his social media pages facebook.com/MikeTigerVI and @MikeTigerVI.