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LSU mascot Mike VI receives grim prognosis

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's Dr. David Baker, who also serves as the primary caregiver for the university's live mascot Mike VI shares a moment with the big cat during a visit, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge.
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's Dr. David Baker, who also serves as the primary caregiver for the university's live mascot Mike VI shares a moment with the big cat during a visit, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge. The Advocate

LSU's live tiger mascot Mike VI, who was diagnosed with a rare, incurable cancer in May, has one or two months left to live, LSU veterinarian David Baker said at a news conference on Wednesday.

Baker said he would begin the process of finding a new live tiger cub to be the new school mascot immediately.

A tumor that was found in Mike's face in May has grown, and is blocking the big cat's right tear duct and sinus canal -- which caused a sinus infection earlier this week.

A CT scan conducted earlier this week also found another new tumor in the base of his neck, and a chain of about eight to 10 "lima bean sized" tumors were found on his leg.

In June, LSU care takers, in conjunction with the Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Center, treated Mike's original tumor with a stereotactic radiation therapy -- which was the first of its kind for a tiger.

Baker said the therapy effectively lengthened Mike's life for a few months, but medical professionals have opted against another round of treatment.

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