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Jonathan II

Jonathan II, 1935

Jonathan the Husky has been the mascot of the University of Connecticut since 1935, four years before Connecticut State College became the University of Connecticut. The first Jonathan, a black, brown, and white animal, was short-lived, hit by an automobile only weeks after his arrival on the Storrs campus. His successor, and the one that started the tradition of an all-white Husky mascot, made his much anticipated debut on November 8, 1935. His would be a long career, serving until his passing in 1947.  In 1936 he chased Brown’s bear mascot up a tree, requiring Providence police and fire fighters to get the bear down.

 

–Mark J. Roy, University Communications (retired)

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