Messages like “Geaux and beat cancer Mike” “Get well soon, fur-ever LSU” still grace Mike VI’s cage. A little more than a week after LSU’s live tiger mascot’s radiation treatment, the support continues to grow for the more than 400 pound tiger.
Sally Bourgeois and her husband are both LSU alumni, and they say Mike is not just a tiger, but a symbol of the university.
“He represents the strength and pride of every LSU student, alumni and family member,” said Bourgeois. “Sad, but hopeful, that Mike has the best medical care possible, and hopefully we’ll have a lot more time with him.”
Mike has had a rough month so far, as he was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma, a rare cancer that attacks his tissues.
“So, he had a CT, where they were able to precisely map every aspect of the tumor. So they used that map, when he went back on June 1st to give him stereotactic radio therapy,” said LSU Veterinary School Public Relations Executive Director Ginger Guttner. “He basically had radiation therapy, where they only were able to irradiate the tumor. They really didn’t touch any normal cells.”
Guttner said tiger fans don’t need to worry too much, Mike continues to recover as each day goes by.
“Mike seems to be doing really well. The swelling in his face seems to be going down. His face is symmetrical again, and it looked like his eye was slightly closing,” said Guttner. “So, now it’s back open, and everything looks really good.”
We are told Mike has no more radiation treatments scheduled, at least for now. With this treatment, he is projected to live another one.
If you want to see Mike at his habitat, we are told the best time to go is early in the morning.