300 dogs have jumped and 50 have lost their lives by throwing themselves off a notorious bridge in Scotland, but nobody can figure out why...
By, 5 Apr 2019
Scotland is a country no stranger to myth and legend. But in a country so familiar with magic and mystery, nobody can figure out why so many dogs have jumped off a Dumbarton bridge.
Over 300 dogs have jumped
While some tabloids claim 600 dogs have jumped, locals estimate that around 300 dogs have taken the plunge. And of those huge figures, at least 50 canines have died.
The century-old gothic stone bridge arches over a 50ft gorge, and is now nicknamed the 'dog suicide bridge' by locals.
“People in Dumbarton are very superstitious,” said Alastair Dutton, a local taxi driver, to The New York Times. “We grew up playing in the Overtoun grounds, and we believe in ghosts here because we’ve all seen or felt spirits up here.”
And Ms Mackinnon, who almost lost her dog whilst walking on the bridge, said: “Something overcame Bonnie as soon as we approached the bridge. At first she froze, but then she became possessed by a strange energy and ran and jumped right off the parapet.”
But no one's sure of the cause
While many local are convinced that paranormal spirits are to blame, others believe a more rational theory.
Mr. Hill, a pastor, believes that the smell of small mammals in the gorge below may drive dogs into a frenzy:
“The dogs catch the scent of mink, pine martens or some other mammal and then they will jump up on the wall of the bridge. And because it’s tapered, they will just topple over,” he explained.
But Mr Owen, another local resident, is convinced the 'White Lady of Overtoun' is to blame:
“The lady lived alone in grief for more than 30 years after her husband died in 1908,” said Marion Murray, a Dumbarton resident, of Mr Owen's theory. “Her ghost has been lurking around here ever since. She’s been sighted in windows and walking around the grounds.”
And the mystery remains unsolved
Several animal experts have studied the area, but none have returned with a conclusive explanation. Who knows if we'll ever discover the secrets of the 'dog suicide bridge'?
However, there is one thing we're sure of - if you're ever in the area and need to cross the bridge, please keep your dog on a close, strong leash. While many walk it and come out the other side unharmed, it's just not worth the risk.