When loggers for The Georgia Kraft Corp. cut o…

When loggers for The Georgia Kraft Corp. cut off the top of a chestnut oak tree to load it into a transport truck, they saw a brown and white hunting dog peering out at them from the hollow space in the log. All that was left was a dried, mummified hound, petrified in an eternal struggle to escape, the loggers were a few decades too late.
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The year was approximately 1960 when the dog ran into a hole at the bottom of a tree and shimmied 28 feet up. As the tree narrowed, the dog became stuck. He never caught his prey and no one pulled him out. Unable to escape, he remained in the accidental trap and perished. Twenty years later, loggers found the immobile canine. Instead of pulping the log, they donated it whole to Southern Forest World, a museum where he’s at now for visitors to see.
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“Stuckie,” as the dog would later be named, has been the star attraction ever since. Even today, viewers can see the hound through glass into the tree where he is still reaching out for freedom that will never come. The question is how did this dog’s body stay preserved for so long?
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The properties of his wooden tomb did the work, the tree itself dry-preserved the dog says
Kristina Killgrove, a biological anthropologist at the University of West Florida, studies human decaying. Normally when a person or an animal dies, the microbes in the body are left unchecked by biological processes that keep them under control in living creatures. Without the usual guardians in place, they begin to eat the body, and then the microorganisms in the gut start the process of putrefaction. The body bloats and decays, and bacteria, fungi, insects and other animals come to eat the remains.
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This didn’t happen with Stuckie in that chestnut oak that would become his coffin. Chestnut oaks contain tannin, which is used to tan animal pelts and prevent decay. Tannin is a natural “desiccant,” or material that absorbs moisture and dries out its surroundings. The low-moisture environment stopped the microbial activity, and no microbial activity means no decay.
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Credit Newsweek
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