The Arkansas Razorbacks fanbase is saddened by the death of a beloved mascot, Tusk IV.
The Russian boar had retired at the end of the 2019 school year. He died Sunday at 10 years old, according to the Arkansas athletic department. His career record was 44-44.
"His legacy will continue to live on through Tusk V (@Tusk_UA) and the entire Razorback Family," the school's athletic department tweeted out Monday.
Tusk IV made over 200 appearances at education and charity athletic events. Tusk V, the son of Tusk IV, was welcomed into the Razorbacks' family in April 2018 and has taken over for Tusk IV.The Russian boars closely resemble the type of “wild band of razorback hogs" described by former Arkansas football coach Hugo Bezdek in 1909.
Tusk IV was the program's official mascot for eight years from 2011-19. The school hosted a retirement celebration back in May at Baum-Walker Stadium, with a banner being given to caretakers Keith and Julie Stokes.