One of BYU’s first cougar mascots strikes a fierce pose here on its “kitty kar” for the 1926 Banyan yearbook. Sibling cubs Cleo and Tarbo, purchased for $1, came to Provo in 1924 and departed in 1929, forever branding university students, athletes, fans, and alums as Cougars. Other live cats, usually rentals, stalked the sidelines in following decades until Cosmo was unleashed in the fall of 1953.



Cosmo by his vanHe’s now 61, but hanging out with BYU’s iconic mascot never grows old. Whether he’s dancing, dunking, pranking, or posing, Cosmo is always there, literally—at an exhausting number of events each year—for BYU teams and fans.

And this year you’ll surely see—and hear—this cool cat coming; the Cosmobile, his signature ride since 2001, has been blacked-out and pumped up with a new audio system.

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