LSU’s tiger mascot dies after cancer treatment

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2007, file photo, LSU mascot Mike VI, a part Bengal and Siberian tiger, sits in his cage on the field for his first time before an NCAA college football game between LSU and Florida in Baton Rouge, La. Officials said Louisiana State University's live tiger mascot has been transferred to hospice care and will no longer be out in the yard of his campus habitat. Mike VI was diagnosed in May  2016 with a rare and inoperable form of cancer. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2007, file photo, LSU mascot Mike VI, a part Bengal and Siberian tiger, sits in his cage on the field for his first time before an NCAA college football game between LSU and Florida in Baton Rouge, La. Officials said Louisiana State University's live tiger mascot has been transferred to hospice care and will no longer be out in the yard of his campus habitat. Mike VI was diagnosed in May 2016 with a rare and inoperable form of cancer. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University says its live tiger mascot has died following months of treatment for a rare form of cancer.

A statement from the school Tuesday says Mike VI was euthanized by Dr. David Baker of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

Mike VI was diagnosed in May with a rare and inoperable form of cancer. At the time, veterinarians said treating its spindle cell sarcoma with radiation therapy could extend the tiger’s life by one or two more years.

However, Baker announced last week that a CT scan and physical exam showed a tumor in the tiger’s skull had grown and his cancer had spread to other parts of its body

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