LSU lost its mascot on Friday, May 18. Mike the Tiger was 17.
I recall the day he was paraded around Mike IV, before being installed as the new Mascot. Mike IV was retired to luxury at the Baton Rouge Zoo.
I have not told the kids yet, since I am not sure how to tell Sam his 'Michael Tiger' is gone. I will take them up to the celebration when Mike VI joins the ranks as our new Mike. But he will never be 'our Michael Tiger.'
Mike V, thank you for your voice in the quiet and the hush. You announced our presence and our persistence against any foe. Your strength and beauty inspired us all and instilled in our 'enemies' fear of our prowess. I will miss your roar, yet, I know you are near. Thank you.