Tiger fans, get ready to (possibly) meet Mike VII.

LSU released a photo Wednesday afternoon of "a possible new tiger mascot" it said is now on campus.

His name is Harvey, and he's a Siberian-Bengal mix, as was Mike VI, LSU said.

The school says the 11-month-old male arrived on campus Tuesday and is being housed in the tiger habitat's night house. He'll remain quarantined there for at least a week for observation and acclimation to his new surroundings, according to an LSU news release.

If all goes well, he'll then be formally introduced as Mike VII, LSU said.

Earlier this month, LSU said it had identified a young tiger that could become Mike VII. Harvey was donated to LSU by a Florida sanctuary named Wild at Heart Wildlife Center.

The wildlife center, through its Facebook page, has expressed its appreciation for LSU giving one of its animals a forever home. On Wednesday, it thanked the Florida Wildlife Commission for recommending the facility to LSU.

Mike VII will enjoy some new comforts in his new home. The Tiger Athletic Foundation donated about $950,000 for renovations and upgrades to the habitat, including a new synthetic rock that uses glycol to stay cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather, which will help keep the tiger comfortable.

The central support column that holds up the netting over the habitat has been redesigned to look like a tree, and the pond and waterfall also have been refurbished. Some improvements have been made to the inside of the night house as well.

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LSU has had a live tiger mascot on campus since 1936. Mike VI died in October after a brief battle with a rare form of cancer.

In January, LSU announced the next Mike the Tiger would not be paraded around LSU football games as cheerleaders ride atop his golden cage — a major departure as the university seeks to simultaneously continue and update the decades-old tradition of keeping a live mascot on campus.

LSU never forced Mike VI to attend football games, always giving the big cat the option of whether he wanted to load into his cage, which he rarely did.