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Mike VI, the beloved tiger mascot for the LSU Tigers, has been transferred to hospice care and will not be out in his habitat, according to a tweet from the Mike the Tiger account on Twitter.
Dr. David Baker said in a prior press conference, once Mike began to decline he would be transitioned to hospice care. The 11-year-old tiger will not be outside anymore, according to Dr. Baker. The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and Dr. Baker will continue to monitor Mike and will make the decision to humanely euthanize him when the time comes.
Mike VI was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma in May 2016. On June 1, he received a round of radiation therapy, which initially showed positive results. On Monday, October 3, Mike VI was taken in for a follow-up CT scan.
"The findings were not encouraging," Dr. Baker explained. "The tumor has resumed growth and has blocked his right sinus cavity, which caused an infection that he was treated for recently. He has developed small nodules in the skin of his right leg, base of his neck and elsewhere. They are small tumors similar to the one that is in his head. X-rays revealed he has multiple tumors in his lungs. All of this shows that the cancer has obviously spread."
Dr. Baker said the aggressive nature of the cancer is unlike any he has seen before. He added that the university has asked for him to begin the process of scouting for a new, male tiger.
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