Scout the dog was playing with his owner in the backyard, which is something that happens every day in millions of yards across the globe. On this particular day, Scout started digging up ‘something’ and didn’t stop until he found his buried treasure. His owner, Kirk Lacewell, did not find this out of the ordinary. Scout loved to pick things up and carry them around, like a typical Labrador Retriever.
However, when the dog carried around his latest discovery for days in a row, Lacewell got curious. What looked like a rock turned out to be an ancient find. Scout dug up a prehistoric tooth.
After Lacewell washed and dried the rocky substance, he sent pictures of it to paleontologists at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum. Lo and behold, they told Lacewell that his dog dug up a 13,000-year-old Wooly Mammoth tooth! The huge creatures inhabited the earth all those years ago and likely roamed in that area where Lacewell’s home now sits.
Although the tooth is not a rare find, the museum allowed Lacewell to keep it. He reminded his dog in an interview with KOMO News, “You gave it to me, and I’m going to keep it.”
A dog’s ‘nose always knows.’ At last report, Scout just wants his ‘rock’ back! 😉 Here’s the video from KOMO News below.