LSU alumnus comes to rescue of Florida sanctuary that housed Mike VII
OKEECHOBEE, Fla. - An LSU alumnus is going the extra mile (or 300 miles rather) to lend a helping hand to the wildlife sanctuary that gave his alma mater its newest mascot.
The Wild at Heart Wildlife Center, based out of Okeechobee, Florida, was once home to the school's living tiger mascot, Mike VII. Over the the summer, the sanctuary worked out a deal with LSU to send the tiger, previously named Harvey, to Baton Rouge.
However, since that transaction, the center has run into some trouble in the form of Hurricane Irma. On Wednesday, Wild at Heart announced that it was completely without power and had no generators, putting its animals in a very dire situation.
Luckily for the center, a good Samaritan and LSU alumnus named Del Moon got in touch and let them know he would deliver a generator to them by Thursday afternoon. Moon, who lives in Safety Harbor, Florida, told the center that he was making the 300-mile round trip with his wife, Jackie.
Moon tells WBRZ that he had bought the generator in preparation for Hurricane Irma. But once the storm passed, he was looking for someone who was in more desperate need of one. That's when he came upon Wild at Heart's Facebook post and decided to do something.
"You guys personify tiger nation. Thank you can never be enough for this. Mr. Moon said happy birthday to Mike and Haley. I say these people are LSU superstars," the center said on Facebook.
Moon also asks that other donate to the Wild at Heart GoFundMe page to help improve the sanctuary.