Mike the Tiger celebrates fourth birthday!


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- September 13 marks Mike the Tiger’s fourth birthday!

Ahead of his birthday, LSU Veterinary school has prepared a day full of activities for the cat’s special day.

“He gets special treats. He’s going to get turkey, he’s going to get bacon and something made out of goats milk,” Communications Manager for the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, Ginger Guttner said.

Turning four transitions the big cat from a juvenile tiger to an adult tiger.

“To me, he will always be a young playful tiger,” said Guttner. “He is still very active, very playful, loves to interact with people who come to visit him.”

When Mike first made campus his new home, he weighed around 179 pounds at the age of 11 months. Now turning four years old, Mike weighs 410 pounds.

A day in the life of Mike’s birthday will include walking, enjoying treats, and going for a swim.

The school has placed barricades at Mike’s habitat in order to implement safety measures during the cornonavirus crisis. Without the barricade, Mike is about four feet away from visitors. Now there is a 10-feet distance.


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