The dog, known as Stuckie, was discovered in 1980 when loggers for the Kraft Corporation cut the oak into logs.
They found the mummified hunting dog lodged in a hollow stretch near the top of the tree – and he is now the main attraction at Forest World, a tree museum in Waycross, Georgia.
Stuckie’s body was mummified instead of decomposing because the updraft of air in the hollow Tree Trunk carried his scent away from insects.
Rather than send the section of the tree on to the sawmill, the loggers donated it to Forest World. The dog was named Stuckie following a 2002 naming contest.
It is estimated that he had been in the tree for approximately 20 years before the loggers discovered him.
Experts believe that he had probably chased after some small game, wedging himself into the hollow tree and climbing a whopping 28 feet up before becoming trapped.
Tannin is a natural desiccant – a substance that absorbs moisture and dries out its surroundings. The low-moisture environment stopped the microbial activity, which meant no decay. Thus, poor Stuckie’s body was preserved and is in remarkably good condition.
Forest World’s Manager Brandy Stevenson said that people always ask how Stuckie got stuck to which he replies: ‘Well, he was a hound dog. Maybe he was after a raccoon.’
They often reply: ‘Poor old thing. I feel so sorry for him.’
If you want to see Stuckie the mummified dog in person, you can find him at the Southern Forest World Museum and Environmental Center in Waycross, Georgia. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 9am to 2pm.
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