On a Normal Working Day, Loggers Make a Mysterious Discovery That Surprises Everyone

On a Normal Working Day, Loggers Make a Mysterious Discovery That Surprises Everyone

Just imagine, it’s an ordinary day and you go to work. The normal day turns into one of the most special days because you make one of the most incredible discoveries imaginable. It happened to this logger! You would probably never expect what kind of discovery he made…



The day of a logger

The day of a logger
The day of the logger and his team started normally and, as usual, they received enough logs to meet their quota each day. But as they were preparing the saws, they saw a shocking sight that brought everything to a halt.



An unusual incident

An unusual incident
This logging company was in the process of starting to saw the first trees. Everything was going as usual until a saw made contact with a certain tree. There was no explanation for what was happening to them at that moment. They were all shocked when this happened…



This was an exception

This was an exception
Loggers often get a lot of negative press because they are known for cutting down beautiful trees. However, Jasper City in Georgia is an exception, as almost every family has some connection to the timber industry. Therefore, this discovery came as a shock to everyone.



Magnificent wood

Magnificent wood
Jasper City is located near a mountain range surrounded by American chestnut trees. Loggers therefore have a lucrative source of income. The trees are always unique enough, but they didn’t see the surprise they got this day coming.



Fun after lunch

Fun after lunch
In 1980, a group of workers from Georgia Kraft Co. arrived at their workplace and immediately got their hands dirty. Until lunch, everything seemed familiar. When they resumed their typical activities, one tree caught their eye.



Surprise after lunch

Surprise after lunch
The team had gone through most of the trees for the day, and there were only a few left. Until one tree caught their eye. This one was hollow and looked easy enough to bring down, but it had a big secret…



The revelation

The revelation
When the tree was on its side, the team wanted to saw it into pieces for transport reasons. Until they noticed that the sunlight couldn’t get through. So, either the path was blocked, or the tree was not hollow. Was there something hidden in this tree?



The strange dark hole

The strange dark hole
When the loggers took a closer look at the tree, it looked like there was a dark hole in it. Although it also seemed to be a trunk growing into a tree, there was a strange look present that they had to investigate further, they had a strange feeling about it.



Nobody dared to investigate the tree

Nobody dared to investigate the tree
The woodcutters had two dilemmas. The first was that they could not find out what the strange blockage was. Secondly, no one dared to go inside to find out. It looked dangerous and scary.



A brave woodcutter

A brave woodcutter
One of the woodcutters finally volunteered, since it seemed that no one else wanted to go in. He quietly started to crawl into the trunk to observe everything better. Suddenly, he started to scream and jumped away. What was he so afraid of?



Incredible story

Incredible story
The team immediately wanted to know why he started screaming and was so scared. Everyone wanted to know what he had seen. As soon as he had caught his breath, he told them that he had seen a very unusual animal, which nobody believed.



Unknown face

Unknown face
Some of the other loggers decided to go and see it as well, and everyone came out just as surprised as the first team member. It was such a strange sight that no one could figure out what it was or what it was doing in the tree. They never saw something like this before.



Making the right decision

Making the right decision
The loggers realised they would not be able to use the tree, but they knew the find was valuable. So they called their manager, but he told them to keep working. Still, something stopped them because they thought it would be a great discovery.



A monster?

A monster?
The thing in the tree looked like a monster getting ready to jump on someone. That is why the woodcutters were so frightened. It was some kind of living animal, although it was clearly no longer alive when the team discovered it unexpectedly.



What kind of animal could it be?

What kind of animal could it be?
Looking at the position of the ‘monster’, it seemed to move forward when it froze in its current state. Everyone started guessing what could have happened, but the scary teeth gave the unexpected answer.



It is a dog!

It is a dog!
Its markings, including legs, sharp teeth and a long snout, told everyone that the creature was a dog. Naturally, the team felt a little uneasy knowing that this was once a living dog. But they kept wondering what else was behind this extraordinary scene.



Mummification

Mummification
Theories came from all quarters, and some stated that the dog was mummified. Who would practice mummification in Georgia? Another speculation is that the dog died while obeying a freezing order.



The speculation continued

The speculation continued
The loggers were left wondering what had caused the dog to end up in the tree. However, they had work to do, and they had to turn their attention to it first. However, the mystery would soon be solved.



A wise decision

A wise decision
The loggers knew that the uncut trunk would have a negative impact on their profits, but they decided to bear the costs. They thought the condition of the trunk would make it valuable, which was a better choice than they realized.



Research purposes

Research purposes
When they finished their day’s work, they took the log to a place they thought would help them get all the answers they wanted. They could not even imagine the mysterious story.



A long wait

A long wait
The loggers took the object to scientists who could analyse the mystery, but it took more than a year before they got the answers they wanted. The revelation was tragic.



The southern forest world

The southern forest world
There is a museum in Georgia known as The Southern Forest World. The exhibits are mainly based on timber production. After the research done, the tree trunk and the mysterious little dog ended up there.



No background story

No background story
However, the museum’s administrators needed a backstory to the dog. That is where biological anthropologist Kristina Killgrove came in. She planned to fill in the missing pieces of the story.



The right answers

The right answers
After thoroughly examining the dog, Kristina managed to find the right answers. Although she initially considered the possibility of mummification, she soon concluded that the practical probability of that was non-existent.



Explaining the process

Explaining the process
Kristina began her explanation with the basics. She explained how tissue decay works and how microbes eat tissue shortly after it has died. She explained that they grow, reproduce and take over.



The special tree

The special tree
Chestnut trees have organic substances that favour the absorption of moisture. That property prevented microbes from eating the tissue, leaving the dog’s body much longer than expected.



No scavengers

No scavengers
The absence of microbes meant that there was no smell to tell scavengers the position of the animal. Even if there was a weaker than normal smell, it would go up through the trunk. But one question still remained…



Going hunting

Going hunting
Southern Forest World director Bertha Sue concluded that the dog was a hunting dog. Apparently it was trying to chase a squirrel or a raccoon, and followed it deep into the tree trunk. Eventually the dog got stuck there.



All the way up

All the way up
The dog seemed determined to get what it was chasing, because it went 28 metres high! In addition to the lack of smell, the tannic acid of the oak contributed to the hardening of the dog’s skin.



The mysterious dog

The mysterious dog
The dog had become very popular over the years and people referred to the animal as the mummified dog. It was eventually given the name Stuckie after it won a naming contest. The name was technically sad, unfortunately the story was even sadder.



Sad story

Sad story
The manager of the museum received many questions from interested people about how the dog got stuck. The answer always pointed to him chasing a raccoon, which always made people feel sorry for the animal.



Dilemma for the dog

Dilemma for the dog
People have different opinions about what the museum should do with the dog. While many people have no obvious problems with it, others are convinced that the dog should be buried properly, rather than put on display.



He stayed in the tree

He stayed in the tree
Stuckie stayed in the tree for many years, and his body remained whole. Stucky was always the main attraction of the museum, so burying him was not an option for the museum.



Extraordinary history
Stuckie is not the first hunting dog in the world, as old as he is. Based on documented history, hunting dogs have been around for somewhere between 12,000 and 20,000 years. It was very common to breed special dogs.

Extraordinary history