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The current Mike the Tiger habitat is vacant, and LSU is taking this opportunity to do some remodeling.
Mike VI died in October after battling cancer and a list of repairs have piled up. With a new tiger not expected until August, improvements have begun and are scheduled to finish before Mike VII arrives.
The environment is over 15,000 square feet in size with lush planting, a large Live Oak tree, a beautiful waterfall, and a stream evolving from a rocky backdrop overflowing with plants and trees.
On Friday, April 7, construction crews had begun breaking up concrete in the habitat's pool, which is scheduled to get a new lining. Mike VI frequently swam in the pool.
Other improvements to the enclosure include transforming the center column that holds up the finely woven stainless steel mesh to look more like a tree, as well as adding a hot and cold rock that can warm up or cool down the tiger as he strolls outside, repainting the chain link fencing, and repairing some night house structures.
The new Mike the Tiger will be spending more of his time in the habitat than his predecessors, since he will not be attending home football games. And if LSU has its way, he'll be able to call his home the tiger sanctuary.