The dog who got MUMMIFIED inside a tree trunk: Loggers find perfectly preserved canine 20 years after it got stuck while ‘chasing a racoon’

  • Aptly named Stuckie got trapped while hunting inside a hollow oak tree
  • The mummified body of the canine oddity attracts thousands of visitors
  • Stuckie was discovered in 1980 when loggers noticed his preserved remains
  • He is now the star attraction at the Waycross tree museum in Georgia

This is the mummified dog who was found by loggers inside a tree trunk 20 years after he got stuck while chasing a ‘raccoon’ and starved to death in Georgia.

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.

Stuckie’s body has been preserved and is in remarkably good condition
It is estimated that Stuckie had been in the tree for approximately 20 years before the loggers discovered him
Stuckie has been at Forest World in Waycross since it opened in May 1981

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.

An acorn form a chestnut oak — the tree is native to the eastern U.S. where it is one of the most important ridge top trees from southern Maine south-west to central Mississippi

 

How the hound became mummified inside the tree instead of rotting is a much more interesting question, though.

According to a press release from the museum, a chimney effect occurred in the hollow tree, resulting in an upward draft of air.

This caused the scent of the dead animal to be carried away, which otherwise would have attracted insects and other organisms that feed on dead animals.

In addition the hollow tree would also have provided relatively dry conditions, while the tannic acid of the oak would have helped to harden the animal’s skin.

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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