Colorado’s former mascot has died.
Famous live buffalo mascot, Ralphie IV, roamed the Colorado sidelines for over 10 seasons. Just one month before hitting the age of 20, Ralphie IV passed away Sunday, the University confirmed.
We are saddened at the passing of Ralphie IV today. She last led the Buffs onto the field in 2008. Story: https://t.co/7VYj8PC2Sa
— Colorado Buffaloes (@cubuffs) March 20, 2017
Within the past week, the famous mascot developed an abnormal growth on her left side. According to the University, veterinarians determined Ralphie IV developed liver failure and she was in rapid decline.
From Colorado’s former associate athletic director, Gail Pederson, who oversaw the Ralphie program for 20 years:
“Losing ‘Rowdy’ is like losing a family member. I was there with Johnny Parker when she arrived as a baby at his ranch in 1998, and watched her grow up to be a member of the most respected and revered live mascot programs in the county. I know all Buff fans, and especially the Handlers that had the honor to run with her, will always have her in their hearts, especially when Ralphie V and all the future Ralphie’s take the field each fall. “
Ralphie IV led the Buffaloes out on the field 75 times over her illustrious career.