So the story goes, back in the 1960s down in Georgia, a hunting dog chased a raccoon up inside a hollow tree. The determined dog wouldn’t give up from chasing the coon farther up, so it eventually got stuck.
Back to 1980 – Here’s the excerpt from The Sportsmen Party Facebook page:
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 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.”
Sources: The Sportsmen Party Facebook