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Old 12-08-2006, 02:53 PM   #8
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Mike the Tiger, a live Bengal tiger, is the official mascot of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and serves as the graphic image of LSU sports. Mike V is the fifth and current live tiger since 1936 to act as the university's mascot. Since the 1950s, Mike has also been portrayed by a costumed student.

LSU's sporting teams in men's and women's athletics are called the Fighting Tigers and Lady Tigers, respectively. LSU first adopted its "Tigers" nickname in the fall of 1896. The moniker is a reference to the state's Confederate heritage; the Louisiana troops of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia became known as the Tigers during the Civil War in recognition of the bravery of two New Orleans brigades, the Tiger Rifles and the Washington Artillery (whose logo featured a snarling tiger's head).

what the heck is a "swamp dragon"?
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