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Puppy unearths woolly mammoth tooth in family backyard

Please enable JavaScript to view this video LANGLEY, Wash. – A puppy is credited with removing a prehistoric story along…

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LANGLEY, Wash. – A puppy is credited with removing a prehistoric story along Puget Sound in Washington State.

An owner in Island County says that his puppy literally digged a woolly mammoth tooth from his own back yard.

Kirk Lacewell says he has lived in Langley for about six years. His dog Scout is not his first pet, but he has been a fun new addition to his family. A few weeks ago, Kirk noted that Scout was paying close attention to something in his back yard.

“I saw him with what looked like a stone for me one day a few months ago, I thought nothing about it,” said Lacewell. “The next day he had that rock again.”

Something about Scouts finding seemed to Lacewell so he cleaned it and called the experts at the University of Washington.

“I called the museum over there and the palaeontologists examined the pictures and told me that this was part of a woolly tooth,” said Lacewell.

He told KCPQ that the teeth could be 1

3,000 years old and although the discovery was not the first for Western Washington, it was really for Scout

Now Lacewell and his neighbors wonder what other prehistoric treasures could hide underground on Whidbey Island.

“Andy Warhol said everyone will have fifteen minutes of fame,” said Lacewell. “Well, Scout and I are known for fifteen minutes now.”

Lacewell says he plans to keep Scouts find as a family’s legacy and in the next few months, who knows what another gemstone scout can cut out of his own back yard.

“If we find the rest of the woolmother in the backyard, we will call you back,” he said.

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