Mike the Tiger taken to OLOL Wednesday for radiation treatment
BATON ROUGE - Mike the Tiger was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Wednesday for SRT, a form of radiation treatment, a spokesperson for the LSU Vet School confirmed to WBRZ.
JUST IN: MikeVI taken to hospital for scheduled cancer treatment. @WBRZ— BrettBuffingtonWBRZ (@BrettBuffington) June 2, 2016
Veterinarians say the treatment isn’t a cure, but it should be able to extend Mike’s life and allow him to live comfortably for some time. As for time frames, it’s estimated that Mike VI could live another one to two months or perhaps one to two years at the most.
Mary Bird Perkins was selected to provide the radiation therapy due to its longstanding relationship with the LSU Vet School. For years, the cancer center’s medical physicists have provided consultation and approval for animals receiving radiation treatment at the university. The latest technology will be available to the team treating Mike, which will be performed outside of normal business hours.
Mike VI is one of only two live tiger mascots in the country. He is 10 years of age. The 420-pound tiger was two years old when he arrived at LSU and lives in a 15,000-square-foot habitat next door to Tiger Stadium. He only appeared in the stadium during one game last season.
A picture was posted on Mike VI's Instagram page earlier Wednesday saying "I'm fine, but staying inside today for observation."
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