For decades, Overtoun Bridge in Scotland has claimed the lives of an estimated 100 dogs. Dogs have been known to run to the bridge and jump into the steep 50ft drop. Some dogs who have managed to survive the fall have even returned to the bridge to jump again. Are dogs being lured over the bridge by some ghost, are the dogs depressed and simply taking their own lives or is there another more earthly reason?
So what is it about this bridge that compels dogs to leap to their death? While nothing has been confirmed there are a couple of theories.
On the mystical side of things Overtoun in Celtic mythology is known as ‘the thin place’, a place where heaven and earth are close together.
However there are more logical reasons.
The scent of male mink is very strong around the bridge, which could drive many prey driven dogs mad with desire. Coupled with the sounds of water and the fact that the dogs can’t easily see the quick drop over the bridge, the dogs are likely in sensory overload. The sensory overload may have given the dogs impression that they can go after the minks, and completely forget the danger ahead.The 19th century bridge however, still remains a mystery as to why it has lead to so many dogs taking their own lives
1. Daily Mail