Texas Fans Mourn The Death Of Bevo, Their Beloved 1,800-Pound Mascot
After losing a battle to leukemia, University of Texas students pay tribute to passing team mascot.
In early October, Bevo XIV was diagnosed with leukemia. Just a few days later, on October 16, he passed away in his sleep. The 13-year-old Texas longhorn steer was the beloved mascot for the athletic programs at the University of Texas Austin, and his passing left a giant, horned hole in the hearts of the school community.
More than a month after the lumbering longhorn’s sudden departure, grieving for the mascot on social media continues. Vocativ used our technology to collect geo-tagged posts from the Texas campus to see how students were reacting to the death of Bevo. We found a wave of messages and condolences on Instagram that suggest the steer may have been the most famous mascot in the United States, and perhaps also the most beloved.
Here’s a sampling of what the bereaved Texans are saying.
What a great face of UT this one was for the past 13 years. He was the only Bevo my girls have ever really known, he won a national championship and he was so strong and powerful yet always such a gentle soul… his memories will always be with us. Bevo XIV, you will be greatly missed big boy. I wouldn't be me without you. We took this picture at the last game he attended and I thought to myself how perfect he was for the job. Just look at the color of his coat, what a beautiful creature. Love you forever….