PHOTO: Mother Nature Shows Off Her Junk in the Trunk - Literally

Shannon Blum
May 14, 2020 - 8:58 am

Photo credit Chad Merda via Forest Preserve District of Will County/Facebook

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Springtime is seen as a time of growth, renewal, new life being born, and the cycle of life once again starting. But in 2020, spring has been a time of stress, anxiety, loneliness, and loss of life due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, many people have overindulged to help with the stress. 

But it is not just people that are stressed, one tree in Will County was found to also be stressed, causing an unusual sight.

Chad Merda visited Messenger Woods Nature Preserve in Will County over the weekend to take in the views of wildflowers, but he said he got an extra surprise...

Mother Nature was showing off her junk in the trunk - literally! Merda spotted a tree in the nature preserve that has a growth in what is shaped sort of like a butt - or junk in the tree trunk.

The Forest Preserve District of Will County shared the image of the tree's trunk on Facebook, and since Saturday, the post has received over 700 likes, 76 comments, and nearly 200 shares.

Why is the tree shaped like that?

The Forest Preserve District of Will County said "it's a tree burl, which is the result of the tree undergoing some form of stress."

A burl is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch that is filled with small knots from dormant buds.

So trees, like humans, you could say gain weight when they are stressed.

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