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Tiger, War Eagle VI, longtime Auburn mascot, first eagle to fly in Jordan-Hare, dies

Tiger, War Eagle VI, has died at 34, the university has announced.

Tiger never yielded, which is what you want out of an eagle that you ask to fly down a field. So long associated with Auburn, she was thought to be among the oldest golden eagles in captivity.

Tiger, at the 2005 Iron Bowl. She'd sacked Brodie 2.5 times.
Tiger, at the 2005 Iron Bowl. She sacked Brodie 2.5 times.

Tiger started that uniquely Auburn tradition, superlative to almost every other pre-game routine everywhere, at the beginning of the 2000 season. The first eagle to fly free in Jordan-Hare Stadium soared through the 2006 installment of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.

During those seven years, Auburn amassed a record of 75-27 with the SEC championship in 2004.

A grateful nation also asked her to fly in the 2002 Olympics.

After Nova and Spirit took over the pre-game flights, Tiger stayed on at the Southeast Raptor Center and helped educate audiences throughout the region. Her likeness remains a fund raiser.

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