Blue II, (pictured above) Butler University’s live mascot, is in the process of training a puppy protégé. Blue III, or “Trip,” as he will be called is making his Butler debut Feb. 18 at the men’s basketball ESPN BracketBuster game against Indiana State University at 2 p.m. in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
See a picture of him after the jump.
Joining big brother Blue II at Hinkle to welcome Trip into the Butler family will be Butler’s original mascot, Butler Blue. Now, 11 years old, Blue is enjoying her retirement in Illinois with her owner Kelli Walker ’91, former Butler assistant director of Alumni and Parent Programs.
Trip was born on Dec. 23, 2011 and weighed 13.5 oz. He comes from Frank and Jeane King of Kong King Kennel, the same breeders that gave Butler, Blue II, almost eight years ago.
“Butler was not looking for its third mascot before Trip was born,” said Kaltenmark. Blue II is still in great health and has and will continue to be an active member of the Butler community.