| Tiger Rant|| re: Question about Mike the Tiger - gguttner on 12/5/12 at 10:48 am|
LSU got its first live tiger in 1936 and has had a tiger since then (more than 75 years). We do not need PETA's permission to do this, but we do follow state and federal regulations in obtaining and keeping a live tiger.
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
| Tiger Rant|| re: Mike the Tiger - gguttner on 10/16/12 at 8:23 am|
In 2007 (Mike VI's first season), he attended all but the first game (too hot); in 2008, he attended first 2 games but no others; in 2009, he attended all but one game (field was too wet); in 2010, he attended all but 2 games; in 2011, he attended every game; and in 2012, he's attended one game and ...
| Tiger Rant|| re: Mike the tiger at the baseball game - gguttner on 4/30/12 at 8:31 am|
Mike goes to home football pregames each season, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's Open House each February, and to one LSU baseball game every two years. He goes to the baseball game at which his veterinary student caretakers are honored for taking care of him. His caretakers serve two year t...
| O-T Lounge|| re: Should LSU not get another live Tiger when Mike dies? - gguttner on 4/23/12 at 8:40 am|
The average life span of tigers in the wild is 9-10 years. LSU has had two tigers live to 20. Mike V was 17 when he passed away.
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LSU School of Veterinary Medicine...
| O-T Lounge|| re: Mike the Tiger? - gguttner on 11/28/11 at 8:45 am|
Mike is usually out every day of the week (including holidays) no later than 8 a.m. and back inside no later than 8 p.m. On LSU football home game days, he is kept inside until it is time to load in to his trailer. If he does not load (it's up to him), he is let out into the habitat, and if it's a d...
| Tiger Rant|| re: Mike the Tiger - gguttner on 11/8/11 at 8:17 am|
In 1981, pranksters cut the chain to the outer door and the lock to the inner cage door of the enclosure, releasing Mike. LSU police called Dr. Bivin around 1:00 a.m. to tell him that Mike was in the middle of North Stadium Drive. He wandered into the Bernie Moore Track Stadium, where Dr. Bivin shot...
| Tiger Rant|| re: How Can We Get More Action From Mike VI? - gguttner on 9/15/11 at 9:10 am|
For the record, in 2007 (Mike VI's first season), he attended all but the first game (we didn't bring him because it was a day game and too hot). In 2008, he only went to two games. In 2009, he went to every game but one (we didn't bring him because the field was too wet and his trailer would have d...
| Tiger Rant|| re: How Can We Get More Action From Mike VI? - gguttner on 9/15/11 at 8:40 am|
Mike's veterinary school caretakers let him go into his trailer at least once a day during the summer to get him used to it again. On game day, it is entirely up to him as to whether or not he goes into the trailer. If he does not load into the trailer, he will be let out into his enclosure for the ...
| Tiger Rant|| re: SIAP: Check out this screenshot from NCAA 12 - gguttner on 9/6/11 at 10:38 am|
Mike V and Mike VI have NEVER been sedated in order to get them to attend LSU home games, and Mike VI never will be. His veterinarian has repeatedly stated this, and the fact that Mike VI missed all but two games his second season and missed two games last season attests to it. We will never force h...
| Tiger Rant|| re: Picture of Mike VI as a cub? - gguttner on 3/3/11 at 10:16 am|
Mike V was introduced to LSU at a basketball game when he was four-months-old. The photos is in the book, "Mike the Tiger: The Roar of LSU" by Drs. David Baker and Sheldon Bivin....
| Tiger Rant|| re: Disappointed in Mike (the tiger) - gguttner on 11/15/10 at 4:45 pm|
I'm sorry that you weren't able to see Mike last Saturday. As an LSU fan, I'm sure you know how important it is to all of his fans that he be a part of the excitement in Tiger Stadium on game day. However, as we've said many times, we will never force him to go to the games. His caretakers work with...
| Tiger Rant|| re: LSU putting Mike on a pedestal - gguttner on 9/10/10 at 8:36 am|
Mike is absolutely a male tiger. This is evident if you go see him. LSU has never had a female tiger; they have all been male....
| Tiger Rant|| re: ?????Mike the Tiger?????? - gguttner on 6/15/10 at 1:37 pm|
I work at the veterinary school, and I went through the history of Mike the Tiger book. I didn't see a photo like the one that you described. Would you be willing to scan it and e-mail it to me at email@example.com? I'd love to show it to Mike's veterinarian....