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Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- A radiation burn can be seen on LSU's live mascot, Mike VI, as he greets visitors at his habitat, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge, La. A campus spokesperson said that the melanin in his skin, which is the dark patch on his face, will likely remain. It's one way the body protects normally haired areas from excessive sunlight; much like an extreme 'tan.' Because of the radiation, the treated area causes Mike to itch his face and prompt additional hair loss. They do not know if the hair on his face will regrow, but if it does, it will likely be thin and lightly colored.