AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Famed golden eagle Tiger, a symbol of the Auburn University spirit for nearly 30 years, died June 18, 2014. At 34, she was believed to be among the oldest golden eagles in captivity.
On Aug. 31, 2000, Tiger, who was also known as War Eagle VI, was the first eagle to fly free in Jordan-Hare Stadium. For seven years, she flew at home football games and was retired following her 2006 flight at the Auburn-Georgia game.
War Eagle VI has regained her eagle eye. Surgeons at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine removed a cataract from the golden eagle in mid-December.
In the month since the surgery, recovery has gone well for the eagle also known as Tiger, who at 33 has surpassed the average age for her species.
AUBURN – A birthday party and a halftime tribute during Auburn University’s homecoming game Nov. 6 will honor Tiger, War Eagle VI, on her 30th year.
Tiger, a golden eagle, was the first eagle to fly free in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Hatched in captivity in 1980, Tiger has lived at Auburn University since 1986. Her 24-year reign at Auburn includes thousands of conservation programs, a flight at the 2002 Winter Olympics, induction into the Alabama Animal Hall of Fame and appearances before millions of fans.
AUBURN – Paul Hemphill, Auburn alumnus and author of “A Tiger Walk Through History: A Compete History of Auburn Football from 1892 to the Tuberville Era,” will talk about his book at a reception in his honor on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. in the Ariccia lounge in The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
In this book, he chronicles Auburn’s football program from the first game, coached by Auburn legend George Petrie, to the present. Contributors to the volume include Rheta Grimsley Johnson, Ken and Joy Ringer, Anne River Siddons, Jim Stewart and Cynthia Tucker and Auburn athletic director emeritus David Housel.