Prior to the internet, most of my knowledge about the paranormal came from books, articles, magazines and journals. I read everything I could about UFOs, aliens, demons, ghosts, monsters, legends and even abnormalities in animal behavior. There are cases about domestic pets that cross hundreds of miles to reunite with family, know when their own is coming home or alert to the presence of a supernatural entity. There was this one dark tale I read about involving dogs and a bridge in the U.K.
Near Milton, Dumbarton, Scotland, lays the Overtoun Bridge. The three arched structure was built in the 1890s over a deep valley to allow travel between two estate grounds. The bridge is not known for its architecture or its history, but for what some would claim to be a paranormal phenomenon occurring. In the last five decades, dogs have been leaping off the Overtoun Bridge to their deaths.
Since the 1960s, there are recording accounts of dogs leaping off the bridge and falling 50 feet into the waterfall below. What even becomes more weirder are those canines that survived the fall would attempt to jump off again if brought back to the area. There have been over 60 cases documented of these dog suicides while locals say the number is far greater than what is reported.
Studies had been conducted to determine the cause to why the animals are leap over the side of the bridge. Environment factors, breed and including the dog’s lifestyle were tested, but revealed nothing conclusive. There is no scientific explanation to this day to why these incidences are happening. Theories speculated had ranged from dog depression to sounds wave confusing the animal. Scientists and animal experts believe the canines are chasing after local wild life by the bridge and jump over the side on impulsive without realizing of the drop.
There are a few that think there is more of a paranormal explanation to these events such as ghosts or a curse. This assumption resulted from the fact of the dogs jumping off the bridge from almost the same spot. Also, in 1994, a man threw his baby off the Overtoun Bridge believing the child to be a demon and later attempted suicide there as well. Whether supernatural to be at work or not there is no other location on the planet where this phenomenon is occurring. As the locals warn, keep your friend tight on the leash if you are the cross the bridge.
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Barclay, Shelly. “Ovetoun Bridge Dog Deaths.” Historical Mysteries. (Accessed July 4, 2015). http://www.historicmysteries.com/