Texas mascot gets flowers on behalf of Arkansas' hog

By: Andrew Hutchinson
Published: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Keith Stokes of Dardanelle feeds Tusk, Arkansas' live mascot, on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
Photo by J.T. Wampler
Keith Stokes of Dardanelle feeds Tusk, Arkansas' live mascot, on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.

Texas' longtime mascot Bevo received a retirement gift from an unlikely source Thursday.

Arkansas sent flowers to its SWC rival's live mascot on behalf of Tusk, the Russian boar that serves as the Razorbacks' live mascot.

Texas announced the retirement of Bevo XIV on Tuesday, after the Texas longhorn steer was diagnosed with cancer. He had been the Longhorns' mascot since 2004.

Two days after the announcement, Bevo's twitter account posted a picture of the flowers and thanked Tusk for the gift.

The animals represent schools that have a storied rivalry, which dates to their days as Southwest Conference members. The Arkansas-Texas series began in 1894 and has been played five times since the SWC disbanded.

The Razorbacks won the most recent game 31-7 at the Texas Bowl last December. The teams are scheduled to play again in Fayetteville in 2021.

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