When you think of mysteries and unexplained occurrences, Scotland is one of the top places for such things with mysteries surrounding Grey Friars Kirkyard, Glamis Castle and many more. The Overtoun bridge is no exception.
Thirty minutes north of Glasgow is the 19th century Overtoun House. During its century and a half of existence, the estate has served as a maternity hospital, a place of recovery for Allied soldiers during WWII, and even a movie set.
This mysterious bridge was built in 1895 and is located in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland and has caught the attention of paranormal researchers as well as other communities since it became famous for its unexplained phenomena.
In 2005, media started getting reports of people’s dog mysteriously jumping off the bridge, most of which died on impact on the rocks some 50 feet below.
Allegedly, the landmark has been the location of murder and attempted murder in the past as well.
Between local researchers and the media, the number of dogs that have jumped off the Overtoun bridge are said to be 300-600 with at least 50 dogs dying from the unexplained leap.
The only established link to these mysterious jumps are the breed of dog. The only dogs that seem to be compelled to make the jump are long-nosed breeds, such as German Shepherds.
The only explanation for these reports attributes the reason to the smell of animals in the foliage below. This does give some closure as said breed typically have a greater sense of smell.
The dogs always jump from the same spot on the Overtoun bridge, though. It’s also reported that the dogs jumping are only reported on bright, sunny days, but this is likely because that’s the most favorable time to walk a dog.
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