STATES CHRONICLE – A very famous tiger which was the mascot of LSU Tigers was transferred from its habitat to a hospice where Dr. David Baker’s team is taking care of it. This team which is part of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine has been taking care of the tiger from the moment it reached their facility. Dr. David Baker argued during a press conference that the tiger’s state of health became unstable thus it needed attentive care. The doctor claims that the 11-year-old feline will probably never be free in his habitat.
Mike IV is being treated by its favorite staff, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine team, and when the time comes, the animal will be euthanized. This beloved animal which was the mascot of the veterinary school for so many years is now severely affected by illness. Spindle cell sarcoma is the disease which is affecting the poor animal since May 2016. This June, the feline undergone a series of radiation therapy which appeared to have miraculous results.
On October 3, the tiger was taken for a reexamination CT scan. The tumor which was previously giving signs of shrinking, now it alarmingly advanced. The tumor has blocked the cavity of the sinus, determining all sorts of problems at the respiratory level. The infection which appeared was treated by the medical staff. The tumor seems to continue spreading. The nodules reached different cavities like his neck and his right leg.
An X-ray which was recently conducted had shown that Mike VI also has small tumors which are spreading through his lungs. Dr. Baker has asserted that he has never seen this type of cancer unfolding so easily in the body of another animal. These cancer cells multiplied incredibly fast propagating into the tiger’s whole body. Although this is not a proper time, the university has already begun the process of recruiting another tiger mascot.
There were a lot of students and professors at LSU who were extremely fond of Mike VI. Many students are missing the amazing creature which was named mascot back in 2007. The Bengal-Siberian tiger won his title, being a representative animal of LSU.
Later Edit: The mascot of the Louisiana State University has lost its battle against cancer. The tiger’s death was announced on October 11 by school’s officials.
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