A nod to my wife: Mike returns

Tiger mascot, Mike, arives at LSU

LSUBATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Mike the Tiger spent his first day at his new home on Sunday.
The new LSU mascot arrived and made himself at home after a plane flight from ng ordeal, the tiger is here,” said Michael Ruffner, LSU vice chancellor of communications.
“It could not have gone better,” Ruffner said of the plane trip and the subsequent Acadian Ambulance ride. “Everything was flawless.”
The 2-year-old, male Bengal tiger will now undergo a two-week quarantine or “acclimation” process with the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine before the tiger officially becomes Mike VI.
The quarantine is a health and safety precaution.
The tiger came from Great Cats of Indiana, a nonprofit, large-animal rescue facility.
The tiger’s arrival was delayed about a week because of fears that Hurricane Dean could have hit Louisiana, Ruffner said.
That delay and the two-week quarantine could be the difference in whether the tiger is prepared for an introduction at LSU’s home football opener against Virginia Tech in 13 days — Sept. 8.
Ruffner said Mike’s veterinarian, David Baker, and his team will decide when the tiger is ready to meet fans. The vet school will release more information Monday, he said.
“It’s an exotic animal and temperamental, so all sorts of things could be bothersome to it,” Ruffner said. “It’s hard to predict how long it’ll take to get acclimated to the noise and crowds.
“We all have to be patient,” he said.
LSU continues to receive complaint calls from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. LSU maintains that the tiger will receive the best care with its elaborate habitat and outstanding veterinary care, Ruffner said.
The tiger’s predecessor, Mike V, died in May of renal failure at LSU at age 17.

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3 thoughts on “A nod to my wife: Mike returns

  1. I’m sure Billy will always remember the day he received a call from me, in tears, because Mike V had passed away. Mike V was MY Mike the Tiger…the one I grew up with when we went to countless home games. I am thrilled to have a new Mike…though he has giant shoes to fill…and even happier that he is a “rescued” tiger. Geaux Tigers!!!

  2. Mike VI at LSU.

    What a great way to start the LSU football season.

    And a big thanks to the folks at Great Cats of Indiana for all they do to aid these cats and find great homes for them where they will get 5 star care and love.

    LSU……EYE of the TIGER

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