Fervor fades for live tiger mascot at Mizzou

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 | 8:58 p.m. CST; updated 8:51 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 11, 2010

COLUMBIA — The brief roar for having a live tiger mascot at University of Missouri football games has faded to a whimper.

The proposal by Missouri Students Association President Tim Noce drew widespread public criticism. He now says the proposal was "blown completely out of proportion" and is not a priority.

A student committee will instead explore whether the school could build a proper habitat for an abused or neglected tiger and have it cared for by animal science experts.

Noce has also suggested that Missouri sponsor a tiger at an existing zoo or animal sanctuary.

Both alternatives would be funded with private donations rather than public money.


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