Concerned citizens have said that generations of these once-Obie tigers often wind up caged as roadside attractions, or are sold into private hands as breeding animals, pets or even targets for canned hunting operations, The Dodo reported in February.
But that didn't stop people from cheering at the new Obie on Thursday. "We're really glad he's here. He's been around forever," a fan said (ignoring the fact that each Obie has been a different tiger cub). "For people that live and breathe football, he's a huge deal."
"It hypes you up having [him] here," another fan, who graduated from the high school in 1974 added.
Too bad people need to stick a baby animal in a cage to make them feel alive again.
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Watch footage of a previous Obie, all alone and pacing restlessly in his cage, here: