The dog was believed to have been running after a raccoon that went through a hollow tree, was stuck midway—and never got out alive.
The dog apparently ran up a hollow tree and got stuck somewhere in the middle—where he eventually died. The incident is believed to have happened in the 1960’s in Georgia. 20 years later, in 1980, loggers cut the tree and were shocked to find a dog running up the log, frozen in time.
It was mummified in the same position it died in. Knowing what they had in their possession was something only a few had ever seen, they donated the tree to a roadside tree museum in Waycross, Georgia, and the rest was history.
The museum that took the dog in, Southern Forest World, actually held a contest to name the dog, and the winner’s name choice was “Stuckie”. 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.”