Why is LSU mascot a tiger?

Mike the Tiger
Conference SEC
Description Royal Bengal tiger
Origin of name In honor of athletic trainer Chellis “Mike” Chambers
First seen October 21, 1936

Is there a real Tiger at LSU?

Mike the Tiger is the only live tiger living on a college campus in the U.S. The Tiger Habitat is located on North Stadium Drive in Baton Rouge; the habitat sits between the Bernie Moore Track Stadium and the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and is across the street from Tiger Stadium.

Is Mike the Tiger still alive?

Mike V retained his mascot status and lived in his on-campus habitat until his death. Mike the Tiger died on May 18, 2007 at 2:23 AM, which coincided with the undergraduate commencement ceremonies. The cause of death was renal failure.

What does 7 mean at LSU?

The honor of wearing the No. 7 at LSU football is a tradition unlike many others for the historic program. It’s an honor given to a member of each team that exemplifies the stellar careers of those who wore the number with pride and came before them.

What school has a live Tiger?

About the LSU Live Mascot Program

LSU has had a live tiger since Oct. 21, 1936, starting with Mike I, who was purchased from the Little Rock Zoo. Mike II was purchased from the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, La., and Mike III was purchased from the Seattle Zoo.

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How heavy is Mike the Tiger?

Now turning four years old, Mike weighs 410 pounds.

Is Mike the Tiger a male or female?

The 11-month-old, Siberian-Bengal, male tiger acclimated well to his new surroundings and was deemed ready to become Mike VII. The start of MIke VII’s reign ended a 314-day span without the live mascot on the LSU campus, the longest in school history.

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