Mike the Tiger spotted in habitat while battling form of cancer

Mike the Tiger spotted in cage while battling form of cancer

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Visitors to Mike the Tiger's habitat Thursday caught a lucky glimpse of the LSU live mascot.

Mike VI was out in the open, but still faces a rough battle with cancer.

On Wednesday, June 1, the tiger was returned to his habitat on the university's campus after undergoing radiation treatment at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center that afternoon.

Mike VI has a tumor in his face near his nose, which was diagnosed as spindle cell sarcoma. The rare type of cancer was diagnosed after student caretakers noticed swelling on the right side of his face.

Doctors said that without treatment Mike could live one or two months, but treatment could extend his life to one or two years.

Mike VI is LSU's sixth live Tiger mascot, dating back to Mike I in 1936.

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