Putting on 174 pounds since August doesn't make Mike VII a fat cat -- "just a growing tiger" who is normal size for his age, LSU says.
The popular mascot was 179 pounds when he arrived at LSU in the summer. According to a post Monday on Mike's Facebook page, he now weighs in at 353.
In November, at 14 months old, Mike's weight was reported at about 270 pounds.
Tigers reach maturity between 4 and 5 years of age, according to the Facebook page, which is run by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.
Mike VII, formerly known as Harvey, turned 1 in September. The Bengal-Siberian mix was donated from the Wild at Heart Wildlife Center in Florida.
Weighing in at 353 lbs. these days (that’s 174 lbs. more than when I arrived in August 2017 and 33 lbs. more than Mike VI weighed when he first arrived at LSU at 2 years old). My weight and size are normal. I’m just a growing tiger. pic.twitter.com/G0CbhYs70r— Mike VII (@MikeTheTiger) March 26, 2018
Call it a tiger’s version of the “freshman 15.”
Mike the Snow Tiger? Has a nice ring to it.
LSU's live mascot Mike VII, a Siberian-Bengal mix, relaxes in his habitat, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge, La.