In 1980, while cutting down an oak tree, lumberjacks from Georgia Kraft Corp found the dog stuck inside.
Instead of taking it to the sawmill, the workers took the log to a tree museum in Georgia. In 2002, the dog was officially named Stuckie after the results of a naming contest for the mummy. Stuckie had been in the trunk for about 20 years before the loggers found it.
“People keep asking me, ‘How did it get in there?’,” Brandy Stevenson, manager of Southern Forest World, told Roadside America. He always explained that: “It’s a hunting dog. Maybe it was chasing a raccoon and climbed about 8.5 meters to the top. The higher the dog climbed, the narrower the hole became, but it couldn’t turn back, so it died.”
What’s more interesting to Stevenson is how Stuckie turns into a mummy. Because normally, when an organism dies, it swells and decomposes, attracting bacteria, fungi, insects and other animals to eat the carcass.
However, Stuckie escaped this fate “thanks” to the very natural trap that killed it. A tube effect occurs in hollow trees, where the air circulates from the bottom up – the stench from the corpse flies away. The hole in the trunk is a relatively dry environment, and the natural tannins found in oak harden the skin of the Stuckie.
“The low humidity environment prevented microbial activity. Not only did the dog’s carcass not decompose, but it was also preserved in good condition,” said Kristina Killgrove, a biological anthropologist at the University West Florida, explained.
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