Overtoun Bridge – Mysterious Dog Suicides in Scotland
The bridge was completed in 1895, but has gained massive media attention since the 1950s when dog walkers reported their animals leaping to their deaths. What’s more strange is the fact that the dogs jump from almost exactly the same spot on the same side of the bridge each time.
There has been no explanation for the cause. Some say it could be due to the smell of mink over the side of the Overtoun Bridge, but that theory is likely an erroneous one when you consider the similarity in each of the cases. The only dogs that seem to be affected are long snout breeds, Labradors, Retrievers, and Collies. If the dogs were attracted to the smell of mink, why is it only long nosed breeds that have jumped to their death at the waterfalls below, and from the exact same spot?
There have been over 50 reports of dogs jumping from the same spot on the bridge since the 1950s. In 2006, 5 dogs jumped in a 6 month period.
The reason so many dogs feel the need to jump from the Overtoun Bridge is a complete mystery and has baffled experts and researchers. While getting huge media attention, the bridge has become somewhat of a landmark for the mystery, and even become a hit with the paranormal enthusiasts, with people believing there may be a supernatural presence influencing the dogs.
Have you ever visited the Overtoun Bridge in Scotland? Do you have a theory on the mysterious string of long nosed dogs that leap to their death? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below as we would love to hear your theories.
The Overtoun Bridge Book | Shop Now