Here’s something spooky, a true story. Right as I was reading an eerie article about Stuckie, a dog who got stuck in a tree and became mummified in the 1960’s, my dog (well, not technically mine, but never mind) started howling strongly in the back yard. What the heck? It was very odd, I’ve never heard him do that. When I went out back, I did figure out what was going on. A fire engine siren sounded like a howling dog in the distance and my dog was joining in instinctively. That’s the logical explanation.
A mummified dog has been found inside a tree trunk after dying when he got stuck chasing a raccoon – 20 YEARS earlier. The canine was first discovered in 1980 by loggers for the Kraft Corporation, who were cutting down oak trees in Georgia.
The dog, which is known as Stuckie, is now a main attraction at the Forest World tree museum in the state.
His body was mummified instead of decomposing, because of an updraft of air in the hollow log, which carried his scent away from insects.
It is believed that Stuckie had been in the log for at least 20 years since he was found, indicating that he probably got trapped at some point in the 1960s.
“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. The hollow tree also provided relatively dry conditions, and the tannic acid of the oak helped harden the animal’s skin.”
“People always ask me, ‘How did he get in there?’,” said Brandy Stevenson, Forest World’s manager. “And I always say, ‘Well, he was a hound dog. Maybe he was after a coon.’ And then they’ll say, ‘Poor old thing. I feel so sorry for him.'”
What do you think, should stickie be on display?