LSU Releases Photo of New Tiger Mascot Named Harvey

LSU New Mascot Harvey

LSU released a photo Wednesday afternoon of “a possible new tiger mascot.”

According to sources, His name is Harvey, and he’s a Siberian-Bengal mix, as was Mike VI.

Beloved Tiger Mike VI Passes Away

The 11-month-old male arrived on campus Tuesday. He being housed in the tiger habitat’s night house. Harvey will remain quarantined there for at least a week. He will be closely monitor as he becomes acclimated to his new surroundings. according to an University news release.

University official say “If all goes well, he’ll then be formally introduced as Mike VII.”

Harvey was donated to the University by a Florida sanctuary named Wild at Heart Wildlife Center.

The wildlife center, through its Facebook page, has expressed its appreciation for LSU giving one of its animals a forever home. On Wednesday, it thanked the Florida Wildlife Commission for recommending the facility to LSU.

History of Mike the Tiger:

In 1934, a decision had been made that would forever change life on the Louisianan State University campus. Athletic Director trainer Chellis Mike Chambers, Athletic Director T.P. Heard, swimming pool manager and intramural swimming coach William G. Hickey Higginbotham, and LSU law student Ed Laborde decided to bring a real tiger to LSU. They raised $750, collecting twenty-five cents from each student, and purchased a two-hundred-pound, one-year old tiger from the Little Rock Zoo.

Born on October 10, 1935, and like his father, originally named Sheik, his name was changed to Mike in honor of Chambers, the man most responsible for bringing him to LSU. Interestingly, Mike I must have remembered his original name because even years later Hickey Higginbotham could get him to roar just by calling Sheik.

It was early in the morning on Wednesday, October 21, 1936. Onlookers lined Highland Road, awaiting the entourage arriving from the train station.  Students staged a campus strike equal to none to welcome their new tiger mascot to campus. Mike I would assume his duties only three days after arriving on campus. He would reign at the University for nearly twenty years, traveling with the team and serving as the mascot.

Mike I died on Friday, June 29, 1956 of complications associated with kidney disease. He was twenty years and eight months old at his death. He created a legacy in which Mike the Tiger has come to symbolize the heart and soul of LSU athletics.

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