Auburn's first eagle to ever fly free in Jordan-Hare dies at 34
JUN 18, 2014 5:00p ET
Here's some sad news:
The first golden eagle mascot to ever fly free in Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium has died.
Tiger, also known as War Eagle VI, was 34 years old and died following surgery to remove a cataract in her left eye.
From the AJC's story:
“The cataract was progressing, and without surgery a complete loss of vision was expected,” said Dr. Jamie Bellah, director of the Southeastern Raptor Center and head of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Clinical Sciences.
“Tiger came through surgery and anesthesia well and progressed normally during recovery,” said Bellah. “A turn for the worse occurred during the night. We, like the Auburn family, are heartbroken by her death.” A post-mortem examination (necropsy) has been requested. Plans for a memorial are pending.
A few facts about Tiger:
• She debuted on Aug. 31, 2000, and spent seven years flying at Auburn's home games.
• She hung up her wings following the Auburn-Georgia game in 2006.
• At 34, she was believed to be among the oldest golden eagles in captivity.
• She had a heck of a retirement video: