In 1980 a “logger” found the dog after processing the log and donated it to a museum. The dog is a hunting type dog and around 4 years old. Apparently was in there for around 20 years. Scientists believe his fate was sealed when he chased something up into the tree. The plinth next to Stuckie in the museum in Waycross, GA’s Southern Forest World gives an explanation on how the mummification happened – “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.”

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