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Uga VIII Died Today; Georgia Bulldogs Mascot Suffered From Lymphoma

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Georgia Bulldogs mascot Uga VIII died today, a month after being diagnosed with lymphoma. He was Georgia's on-field mascot only since only October, 2010, when he took over for interim mascot Russ during UGA's homecoming win over the Vanderbilt Commodores.

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Russ will again resume mascot duties until a new Uga can be named.

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Uga VIII is the school's second white English bulldog mascot to die in the past year-and-a-half. During his time on the job, the football team went 4-3, certainly a better mark than its seasonal total. Funeral ceremonies have yet to be announced.

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PETA will now surely once again insist the school begin using an animatronic bulldog as its mascot, dog-lovers will lament the strict breeding that leads to animals prone to illness, and the search will begin for a new dog fit to take over as Uga IX.

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To join a discussion on the matter of the deceased Uga VIII, visit Dawg Sports.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.