Tiger Mike VI is the mascot of the Louisiana State University. Officials from the University have recently announced that the tiger’s status health requires further medical care. Veterinarians decided to take the beautiful cat to hospice care and remove it from public view.
Mike is an eleven-years-old Bengal tiger. David Baker, who is the veterinarian taking care of Tiger Mike VI, announced that the animal wouldn’t be displayed in the yard located on the campus. He explained that the tiger’s condition had recently got worse.
Tiger Mike VI was diagnosed with cancer by doctor Baker. The tumor in the animal’s head is not growing anymore, but it started to spread in its body. Its legs and neck are affected now. Moreover, the internal organs, such as the lungs, are also affected by the cancerous cells, as the specialist declared.
Veterinarians tracked Mike’s head tumor with the help of CT scans and X-rays. They also discovered that small-sized tumors are already installed in the tiger’s body. The animal was submitted to treatment soon after. However, doctor Baker also announced that the tiger might live some two more months.
The tumor brought further health complications to the Louisiana mascot. The cancerous cells installed in its nasal cavities, blocking the right side. This is how the tiger also got an infection.
Doctors have recently confirmed that no further treatment could help Tiger Mike VI. Last week they announced that Mike would remain in its enclosure in the yard. However, they decided that being transferred to a health facility is the best solution for the animal.
Specialists explain that the tiger developed a rare form of cancer. It is called spindle cell sarcoma. Veterinarians decided to start radiation-based treatment very soon after setting the diagnostic. The treatment even left the tiger with a burn mark on its nose. Despite the doctors’ efforts, the regular checkups, and the animals’ suffering, it seems like the disease is stronger than medicine.
Tiger Mike VI celebrated his eleventh birthday on September 8.
Doctors intend to perform an autopsy on the tiger’s body. Officials consider the possibility of a cremation afterward. Tiger Mike VI’s ash will be placed in the museum dedicated to the other tigers at the Louisiana State University.
The Louisiana State University officials also think about getting a new tiger mascot. They intend to find it with the help of rescue organizations.
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