Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's live resident Bengal tiger, Mike, swims in his habitat Friday afternoon. LSU students will begin returning to campus soon for the fall semester, a welcoming sign for the big cat, who interacts with visitors on a regular basis.

Former LSU Tiger Marcus Spears and Kaylee Hartung of the SEC Network get up close and personal with LSU mascot Mike The Tiger. It was the first time Spears had been that close to the Tiger. Click here to see the video.