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LSU’s tiger mascot fully vaccinated

By: - August 9, 2021 1:23 pm

Mike VII is now fully vaccinated (Photo by Eddy Perez/LSU Office of Communications & University Relations)

LSU’s live tiger mascot, Mike VII, has been vaccinated against COVID-19, the university announced Monday.

The four-year-old tiger received his first shot July 16 and his second dose Friday. Both shots were administered by his veterinarian, David Baker. 

According to the university, Mike VII hasn’t had any side effects from the vaccine, which was donated to him by Zoetis, a global animal health company. Zoetis’ vaccine has been used in dozens of zoos since it was given experimental use authorization by the United States Department of Agriculture. 

Following concerns of safety after confirmed cases of COVID-19 in captive tigers, the university put barricades around the tiger’s habitat to keep visitors at least 10 feet away from him. The LSU mascot team also limited the amount of staff interacting with Mike VII. With the tiger fully vaccinated, the university will remove all protective barricades the week of Aug.17.

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Rachel Mipro
Rachel Mipro

Rachel Mipro has previous experience at WBRZ and The Reveille and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Louisiana State University. At LSU, she worked as an opinion editor for The Reveille and as a nonfiction editor for the university’s creative writing journal. In her free time, she enjoys baking, Netflix and hiking.