No, really, a tiger. An honest-to-god tiger. His name is Mike, and he lives on the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge. Now, I know that other schools who have mascots sometimes have pet animals to represent them. Yale has Handsome Dan, University of Washington has a husky, USC has Traveller the horse, ect. But a tiger? Come on people it's a f-ing 400 pound cat! Not only that, but the current tiger on campus is the 6th tiger that LSU has had! After Mike the 5th retired and then passed away in 2007, Mike the 6th was brought in. He is a siberian bengal mix from a non-profit tiger rescue in Indiana. Supposedly he will grow to be 700 pounds, but he is still an adolescent. He has a special tiger habitat that he inherits from Mike the 5th, and a veternarian to care for him. Here are some photos from the Mike the Tiger webpage:
Maybe I should be appalled, but part of me thinks this is totally awesome. It doesn’t hurt that he looks pretty happy and his habitat seems quite nice. Therefore, geaux Mike!