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Mike the Tiger

Updated on July 30, 2014

Mascot for the LSU Fighting Tigers

Mike the Tiger is the official mascot of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and serves as the graphic image of LSU sports. By tradition a live Bengal tiger, the last two tigers were of mixed breeds. Mike V (a Bengali-Indochinese mix) was the fifth live tiger since 1936 to act as the university's mascot. Mike VI is a Bengali-Siberian hybrid.[1]

Since the 1950s, Mike the Tiger has also been portrayed by a costumed student. Costumed Mike appears at most LSU sporting events and also appears at several LSU-related functions. In August of 2007, Costumed Mike was featured on a This Is Sportscenter Commercial with LSU alum Shaquille O'Neal.[2]

LSU's men's and women's sports teams are called the Fighting Tigers and Lady Tigers, respectively, and the university's football team plays its home games in Tiger Stadium. LSU first adopted its "Tigers" nickname in the fall of 1896. The moniker is a reference to the state's Confederate heritage; the Louisiana troops of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia became known as the Tigers during the Civil War in recognition of the bravery of two New Orleans brigades, the Tiger Rifles and the Washington Artillery (whose logo featured a snarling tiger's head).[3]

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Interesting LSU Traditions...

  • On home football game days, Mike's cage on wheels is parked by the opponent's locker room at the southeast end of Tiger Stadium. Opposing players must pass by Mike's cage in order to reach their locker room.
  • With his cage topped by the LSU cheerleaders, Mike rides through Tiger Stadium before the start of home games.
  • According to tradition, LSU will score a touchdown for every one of Mike's roars on game day.
  • After a new search for a mascot is announced, the public eagerly anticipates for white smoke to blow from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, announcing that the new tiger has been located, mimicking the white smoke which billows from the Sistine Chapel when a new Pope is elected. [20]

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Mike's New Habitat...

In 2005, a new $3 million habitat was created for Mike. The Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF) raised funds, entirely from private sources, to subsidize the construction project. The habitat features state-of-the-art technologies and includes among its amenities lush plantings, a waterfall, a flowing stream that empties into a wading pond, and rocky plateaus. The new habitat ranks among the largest and finest Tiger preserves in the country and expanded Mike's home from 2,000 to 15,000 square feet. It also features research, conservation, and husbandry programs, as well as educational, interpretive, and recreational activities. Mike's new home can be viewed via the live Tigercam.[19]

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    • tonybonura profile image

      Tony Bonura 

      6 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Great lens about Mike VI.

      TonyB

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      a good lens about Tiger, well done

    • norma-holt profile image

      norma-holt 

      6 years ago

      It's amazing what sports clubs will do. I feel for the tiger.

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      spartakct 

      6 years ago

      cool lens!

    • StudioElysee profile image

      StudioElysee 

      7 years ago

      Don't know so much about the tiger kept in a cage either, but love Mike and geaux LSU! The LSU veterinary center is awesome too, so if Mike must be captive, he is in good hands.

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      Craigfry276 

      7 years ago

      Im not a huge fan of making wild animals mascots, as one day he may just decide to be an animal, instincy could kick in and he will east someeone and then he will be shot by authorities and all he was doing was being what he is programmed to be. But howdy to Mike anyway!!!

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      AsianMarketplace 

      7 years ago

      Wonderful

    • JVandewalker LM profile image

      JVandewalker LM 

      7 years ago

      I have been a fan of Mike the Tiger ever since I was in kindergarten and took a field trip to the LSU campus. I cannot remember if it was Mike IV or Mike V! I did not know that they built a new habitat for him, as I have only been back to see the occasional night game in Death Valley! I am looking forward to make a trip back shortly to revisit the new Mike.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      MIKE #6 IS THE GREAT,S TIGER EVERY THAT LSU HAS HAD BEFOUR THERE IS JUST SOMETHING ABOUT HIM HE LOVE,S PEOPLE AND I KNOW HE LOVE ME MY NAME IS DARRELL BEZET I AM KNOWED ON CAMPUS AS THE TIGER WHISPERER MIKE AND I JUST HIT IT OFF INSTENLY WHEN WE MET HE IS MY FREIND FOR SURE I LOVE HIM

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      galant 

      7 years ago

      My elementary and high school mascots were tigers. Alas, we were not able to have a real tiger, but we would have love to have one like Mike. One of the videos indicated that the current Mike was born in Captivity, so really, it's good he has such a great home with people who are really taking care of him.

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      ChrisDay LM 

      7 years ago

      I pray that he's kept well - it is hard to come to terms with animals kept in captivity for our own ends.

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      mekon1971 

      10 years ago

      Great Lens! Who doesn't love Mike the Tiger?

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      AdriennePetersen 

      10 years ago

      Great lens about Mike! Thanks for visiting my How To Make Chocolate Fudge That Will Have Your Friends & Family Begging For More! Lens.

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