Arkansas announces birth of new mascot

By: Matt Jones
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Tusk V, the newest Arkansas live mascot, was born April 19.
Photo by Arkansas Athletic Communications
Tusk V, the newest Arkansas live mascot, was born April 19.

— Arkansas will retire its live mascot, Tusk IV, following the next school year.

The university announced the birth and selection of Tusk V on Wednesday. A fifth-generation Russian boar and son of the current mascot, Tusk V was born April 19 in a litter of five at the Dardanelle farm of Keith and Julie Stokes, who are the primary caretakers of Arkansas' mascots.

Tusk V will begin serving as the school's mascot for the 2019-20 academic year. Tusk IV has been the mascot since the 2011-12 year.

Arkansas restarted its live mascot program in 1997 with Tusk I and a lineage fund was established in 2008.

In the 1960s and '70s a number of live mascots were used by the university. In 1977, a mascot named Big Red III escaped an exhibit near Eureka Springs and was shot by a farmer. The following year another live mascot, Ragnar, died in the small South Arkansas community of Leola after a spree in which it killed a coyote, a domestic pig and seven rattlesnakes, according to university records.

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