LSU finds tiger that could become Mike VII

Chris Miller
August 01, 2017 - 4:28 pm
LSU Tiger statue outside Alex Box Stadium


LSU officials say they have identified a tiger that might make a suitable Mike VII.

According to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, the 9-month-old male tiger has both Siberian and Bengal characteristics. The young tiger currently lives at a facility in Okeechobee, Florida. Formerly "Animal Adventures," this facility recently underwent a change in ownership and name and is now "Wild at Heart Wildlife Center." The center is reducing its animal population and has donated the tiger to LSU.

"The current plan is to have the tiger arrive mid-August," according to a news release from LSU Sports. "Once the tiger arrives, he will be kept in the night house for approximately one week for quarantine and acclimation; he will not be visible to the public during this time. If the quarantine/acclimation period goes well, the tiger will be released into his yard, at which time he will be declared Mike VII."

LSU is in the process of building a new tiger habitat and pursuing accreditation as a tiger sanctuary.

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