I appreciate everyone here, I hope people understand just how much Mike V meant to LSU and its fans. He was so loved.
Here is a little piece about his new habitat which was finished in 2005, (I think)
The old enclosure for Mike the Tiger is only 2,000 square feet in size with minimal amenities. The new environment created for Mike will be 15,000 square feet in size with lush planting, a large Live Oak tree, a beautiful waterfall and a stream evolving from a rocky backdrop overflowing with plants and trees. The habitat has, as a backdrop, an Italianate tower, a campanile, that creates a visual bridge to the Italianate architectural vernacular that is the underpinning of the image of the entire beautiful LSU campus. This spectacular new habitat will feature state-of-the-art technologies, research, conservation and husbandry programs, as well as educational, interpretive and recreational activities. It will, in essence, be one of the largest and finest Tiger habitats in the United States
I think the cost of the new habitat was about 2.5 million dollars. Some of this money was raised and donated by LSU fans.
It was awesome to go see him at his new home. It was amazing just to watch him at home.
It really is sad for LSU fans.
They will get another Tiger which will be Mike VI, all of our mascots have been named Mike. If you go to www.lsusports.net
you can read so much more about him and what kind of life he had. You can also see just how much he meant to the fans, and how much they loved him.