Meet 'Stuckie', a mummified hound dog stuck inside and preserved by a hollow oak tree since 1960.

Mummified Hound Dog Stuck Inside Hollow Oak Tree For 60 Years

Don't let Stuckie's bared fangs fool ya, kids (and adults), this ol' hound dog won't bite. He won't even bark – though he “wood” if he could. OK, enough tree puns, the fact is Stuckie looks pretty darn good for his age, which is estimated to be about 60... or ruff-ly 420 in dog years. How did that happen? Here comes the science!

First though, a little history – fear not, there won't be any quizzes later. One fine day in 1980, loggers at the Georgia Kraft Corporation were cutting up a felled Chestnut Oak. They just about dropped their saws when they made a grim discovery: a mummified hunting dog lodged near the top of the hollow tree trunk.

Mummified Hound Dog Stuck Inside Hollow Oak Tree For 60 Years

“Stuckie”, as the cadaverous canine was dubbed in a 2002 naming contest, had managed to climb 28 feet up the tree after entering the trunk two decades prior, probably in chase of a raccoon or a squirrel. While the smaller critter was able to escape its pursuer, the larger dog found itself stuck like a pig in a poke.

Knowing they'd come across something strange and unique, the loggers sent the section of tree trunk containing the preserved pooch to Southern Forest World, a non-profit tree museum in Waycross, Georgia. Curators there set up an educational, informative and respectful display fitted with a glass door to protect Stuckie's mortal remains.

Mummified Hound Dog Stuck Inside Hollow Oak Tree For 60 Years

Museum researchers speculate a number of natural processes contributed to Stuckie's remarkable and unlikely preservation. Firstly, a chimney effect inside the hollow tree acted to dry out Stuckie's carcass while dispersing his scent, thus misleading insects and scavengers.

Secondly, oak trees are rich in tannin – a natural desiccant and preservative. Microbial decay agents were thus kept at bay and Stuckie ended up as fet as a pharaoh. For more information on Stuckie, visit Southern Forest World in person or check out their website. (via Newsweek)