Some unfortunate news out of Austin today. Texas' mascot Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with Bovine Leukemia Virus and has retired effective immediately, the school announced.
Bevo missed last weekend's Red River Shootout after being diagnosed.
Per the Texas release:
Following a preliminary diagnosis of the illness last week, which was recently confirmed by several of the state's top veterinarians and his long-time veterinarian Dr. John Tarlton, an extensive evaluation of BEVO XIV's comfort and quality of life opportunities was conducted and ultimately resulted in the decision to retire him from his role. Moving forward, he will rest comfortably on the ranch and in the company of John T. and Betty Baker, the owners and caretakers of both BEVO XIV and his predecessor BEVO XIII.
"BEVO XIV is a special animal," said Ricky Brennes, Executive Director of the Silver Spurs and BEVO XIV's regular travelling partner. "He truly embraced his role and loved engaging with people at games and special events, and at his ranch – where he will continue to live - he was clearly the leader of the herd."
This is terrible to hear, and our thoughts are with Bevo as he struggles against this disease.