Texas Longhorns mascot Bevo XV got a lot of attention prior to this past year's Sugar Bowl game when he unexpectedly charged at Georgia's mascot Uga. Though nobody was seriously hurt and no damage was sustained, the incident brought a lot of attention to Texas' use of the longhorn steer mascot.
However, Texas president Gregory L. Fenves is maintaining that the school has no intentions of getting rid of the school's beloved mascot.
In an interview with the Austin American-Statesman, Fenves stated that the school intends to keep Bevo XV while focusing on keeping people safe around him.
“We take the safety very seriously, but we’re going to continue to have Bevo as our mascot,” Fenves said last week during a visit to the American-Statesman.
Per the Austin American-Statesman, Texas maintains a massive insurance policy on Bevo for any damage or injuries the steer causes.
Two photographers were reportedly clipped by Bevo's horn in the Sugar Bowl incident.
Per the report, if Bevo's horn had gone just a couple on inches in another direction, someone could have sustained a serious injury.
“He’s an incredible animal and a great symbol for the university,” Fenves said of Bevo. “Seriously, we’re always looking at the protocols for Bevo at public events. I don’t think they need to be revised. There were some peculiarities of the new situation and a very crowded environment. The Silver Spurs (Alumni Association) will just have to be more cognizant as they handle Bevo.
“It’s just the general issue of Bevo in large crowds and trying to keep him away from large crowds and at a safe distance,” Fenves said. “If you’ve seen him at our stadium, in the south end zone, there are very few people around him. You’ve got a fence around him. There’s a large distance between that fence and Bevo. The handlers are there. So it’s just being more cognizant and avoiding being close to crowds.”
The incident between Bevo and Uga at the Sugar Bowl also prompted PETA to send a letter requesting that Texas and Georgia cease their use of live-animal mascots.
But for now, it looks like Bevo is staying with the Longhorns.