Around 600 hundred dogs have attempted suicide from the Overtoun bridge in Scotland. And all the dogs jumped from the exact same point!
Experts are baffled and are unable to explain the mystery.
The bridge has a history of 160 years and has been responsible for the deaths of a specific kind of dogs: those with long snouts, such as German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers and Scottish Terriers.
A number of locals believe that the bridge as well as the Overtoun house is haunted by the spirit of ‘The White Lady of Overtoun’.
Whatever the force is that has caused dogs to jump, it does not just affect animals; in 1994, Kevin Moy threw his two-week-old son off the bridge and then tried committing suicide by jumping off himself. However, he was pulled back by his wife and the bystanders, before the police arrested him. Unfortunately, the child could not survive the fall.
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The bridge even carries a signpost warning people to keep their dogs on a lead.
Dogs have continued to leap from the bridge, and this strange phenomenon has gone unexplained since as early as the 1950s. Experts believe that dogs might be attracted by the animals hiding under the bridge, causing them to leap.
Overtoun Bridge in Scotland is famous for the amount of suicides since the 1950s, Not human suicides.. 600+ Dogs have leapt to their deaths pic.twitter.com/STG6j9jE5E
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Dr. David Sand of Animal Behavioral Clinic explains that it is impossible for dogs to attempt suicide. While dogs do sometimes stop eating and starve themselves to death, that is attributed to depression and not an active attempt at suicide. He elaborates that there could be other factors motivating dogs to carry out such a misadventure, one being mink urine.
Paul Owens, the author of ‘Baron of the Rainbow Bridge: Overtoun’s death leaping dog mystery’, argues that there is a supernatural presence on the bridge, forcing the dogs to leap.
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— Paul Owens (@OvertounBridge) April 4, 2018
The mystery behind the bridge has attracted worldwide attention and supernatural theories have been proposed so far, some even calling it the ‘Thin Place’ where afterlife and physical world meet.
There is an old Scottish myth of a “Thin Place” where the afterlife and the physical world meet; Overtoun Bridge is said to be one of these places. Over the years, dogs have been known to spontaneously leap to their death from the bridge. pic.twitter.com/7blImV0qwX
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Different theories have been put forward to explain the dogs’ bizarre behavior. However, there have been no solutions; the mystery bridge continues to claim lives of the dogs.