Some of the mysteries of the paranormal world really go out beyond the edges of the weird to truly baffle and confound with their sheer bizarreness. These are the mysteries that leave us scratching our heads, wondering just how any of this could possibly happen. These phenomena occupy their own little corner of the world of the weird, a whole other category of the strange unto themselves, defying understanding and dodging any easy answers. One such oddity certainly has to be the many cases throughout history of living animals occasionally found completely enveloped by stone, wood, or concrete, lying there completely intact and full of life even after extreme amounts of time without air, food, or water.
These cases, usually referred to collectively as “entombed animals,” almost always take the form of toads, lizards, or other small animals discovered encased within solid stone, often dated as being up to millions of years old, where they seem to have somehow remained alive. Such tales are numerous, many going back hundreds of years, and one of the earliest reports of this truly bizarre phenomenon comes from 1733, at a quarry near the village of Wamlingebo, in Sweden. In May of that year, two quarry workers named Anders Halfwarder and Olof Sigräfwer claimed that they had been cutting blocks of pure, solid sandstone when one of them spotted a frog just sitting there within a small depression inside a boulder that had just been broken open.
It was a decidedly odd find, as the rock itself was around 400 million years old and there seemed to be absolutely no way the frog could have crawled into the solid stone. When inspected the frog was found to be quite alive, with a curious yellow membrane of some sort over its mouth. The two men promptly told of their strange discovery to their supervisor, Johan Gråberg, who poked and prodded the poor creature before killing it with a shovel and sending the body to be examined by a naturalist by the name of Dr. Johan Phil, who deduced that the frog had somehow managed to get into the rock as a tadpole, and then had gone on to develop there within the boulder.