Mike the Tiger has symbolized the spirit and resolve of
Louisiana State University for over seventy-five years. Fiercely
confident, keenly competitive, marvelously clever, and the only
live tiger to reside on a college campus, Mike reigns nobly from
his home just outside of Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.
In this completely updated and visually stunning new edition of
Mike the Tiger, David G. Baker and W. Sheldon Bivin tell the story
of the famed mascot from the Civil War origins of LSU's fighting
tiger tradition to the present age of social media. They debunk the
myths, confirm the legends, and share priceless behind-the-scenes
anecdotes as they chronicle the reign of each of the six Mikes.
Included are 70 additional photos, for a total of 200 images, as
well as new details about:
? The construction of a spacious natural enclosure for Mike in
2005, complete with waterfall, stream, pool, shrubs, rocks, and
? The final years of Mike V, who was hand-raised at LSU, and the
outpouring of condolences upon his death
? The exciting arrival and introduction of Mike VI and the
establishment of his reputation as possibly the most affectionate
and inquisitive personality of any LSU tiger to date
? The naming of a sixth subspecies of tiger, the Malayan, and
the current status of global tiger preservation efforts
? Frequently asked questions and answers about Mike's care and
Mike the Tiger provides a treat for all who ever said, "Meet me
at the tiger cage," for all who still marvel at his regal
appearance, and for all who will forever bleed purple and gold.
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