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.
Experts believe the dog was chasing a small animal, quite possibly a raccoon, up inside the tree truck.
He had managed to climb 28 feet before getting stuck.
Speaking about the mummifying process, the museum said: “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.”
Manager of Forest World, Brandy Stevenson, said: “People always ask me, ‘How did he get in there?’
“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.'”
Stuckie was given his moniker in 2002 after the museum ran a naming competiton.
“Stuckey” won, while runners-up included Dogwood and Chipper.
The winner of the competition said she thought of the name after being reminded of the similarity between the dog in his log coffin and “pecan logs” sold at Stuckey’s convenience stores.
Forest World changed the name to “Stuckie” to avoid trademark infringement, reports Roadside America.