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Mike the Tiger now practicing social distancing after tiger tests positive with COVID-19 in NYC

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BATON ROUGE- Mike the Tiger is now one of many Louisianians practicing social distancing after news of a tiger testing positive with COVID-19 surfaced Sunday.

Mike's habitat is surrounded by barricades that provide 6-feet of space between him and visitors.

The School of Veterinary Medicine, who provides caretakers for Mike VII, says that staff has not been in direct contact with Mike for about three weeks now because of COVID-19 concerns.

The barricades and extra precautions for Mike's handlers were put in place this week after learning a Malayan tiger in a New York City zoo tested positive for the virus.

Prior to the barricades, he had his fair share of visitors, some even played with him on rollerskates while practicing social distancing from friends and family. 

The Twitter account for Mike VII announced the changes Tuesday afternoon, saying, "LSU put up barriers to give me a little more social distancing. Remember that you can go to http://mikethetiger.com or my social media to get your quarantine-approved Tiger fix."

Tiger fans are still allowed to visit, but LSU officials are urging people to obey the governor's stay-at home-order.


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