Dog Digs Up Strange-Looking ‘Rock,’ Then Owner Finds Out It’s Actually A Woolly Mammoth Tooth

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Senior Editor of Branded Content at Wild Sky Media. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Woman's World. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law & Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

Scout, an 8-month-old puppy, is a very excitable dog. He lives on Whidbey Island (off the Washington coast) with his owner, Kirk Lacewell.

A few months ago, Scout was playing outside when Kirk noticed that the dog seemed really interested in one part of the backyard. “I saw him with what looked like a rock to me one day a couple months ago, I didn’t think anything of it,” Kirk explained. “The next day he had that rock again.”

Kirk was intrigued by the rock that had captured his dog’s attention, so he cleaned it up and took some photos. He sent the pictures to experts at the University of Washington — and they quickly told Kirk he had something special on his hands.

The “rock” Scout found actually wasn’t a rock at all. In fact, it was a 13,000-year-old woolly mammoth tooth.

Although the woolly mammoth tooth might be worth some money, Kirk says he’s going to hold onto it and pass it down as a family heirloom.

Now Kirk’s neighbors are wondering what prehistoric treasures might be hiding in their backyards.

And as for Scout? He’s pretty pleased with his find, but just as excited about the next game of fetch he’ll get to play with Kirk. Watch the video below to find out more about the fascinating woolly mammoth tooth!

Footage provided by KCPQ Seattle

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