Auburn University throws annual birthday party for eagle mascot

Students who wish to attend a postsecondary institution that offers a strong school spirit may benefit from enrolling at Auburn University. Each year, the school celebrates the birthday of its living mascot Tiger, War Eagle VI, with a party and a halftime tribute during the homecoming game, according to a press release.

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 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.

To celebrate and honor Tiger's 30th year, nationally known artist Stephen Malkoff teamed with the Southeastern Raptor Center to create a pencil portrait of her. Only 3,000 lithograph prints were produced and a percentage of the sales went toward the construction of a welcome center at the Raptor Center's Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater.

Tiger's birthday parties often include the Auburn University cheerleaders, cupcakes and photo opportunities with the mascot.

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