Mike VI the tiger lost his battle with a rare and inoperable form of cancer


Just days after veterinarians announced Mike VI only had 1 to 2 months to live, the Louisiana State University live tiger mascot has passed away.

“Our beloved #MikeVI has passed away. Rest in peace, Mike,” LSU wrote on Instagram, along with a video of the 11-year-old large feline.

Mike VI, the sixth tiger to live in an enclosure on the LSU campus, lost his battle with spindle cell sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

LSU announced the tiger was diagnosed with the inoperable cancer in May, also stating that the animal would undergo treatment for the cancer and tumor in his nose.

Mike VI initially responded to aggressive radiation treatments, but his condition worsened and started to decline as of late.

A recent trip to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine revealed that Mike VI’s tumor was growing again and that the cancer was starting to spread through his body.

The tiger passed away on Tuesday.

Now that Mike VI’s reign has come to an end, LSU is looking at wildlife rescues for a MikeVII to take his place.