A new LSU mascot soon should be prowling the school's $3 million, 15,000-square-foot tiger habitat which sits between the fabled football stadium and basketball arena.
The School of Veterinary Medicine has received dozens of offers of cubs since the death of Mike V last week, according to university officials. LSU has promised not to purchase a new tiger from an unscrupulous private breeder. And the new Mike won't be delivered to Baton Rouge until after he has been weaned.
But that still won't satisfy PETA, which predictably called on LSU to make Mike V the university's last live mascot.
LSU's response: I don't think so.
UPDATE: The Associzated Press reports that LSU's top priority is finding a young tiger with an easy going personality.
The school's cash cow Athletic Department spends about $15,000 years caring for the live mascot, and the Tiger Athletic Foundation - LSU's non-profit sports support organization - pays for the upkeep of the habitat.