Monday, May 15, 2017

Mystery Monday: Dog Suicide Bridge

It's Monday, which means it's time for another...




Every day, across the globe, owners walk their dogs. Usually they do so on a leash, especially if they're on vacation...



Yet there's a bridge in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, where people throw caution to the wind. Despite seeing this warning, people still cross the bridge without putting their dogs on a leash.



This is especially surprising because the bridge has a pretty telling nickname: "The Dog Suicide Bridge."



Yes, you read that correctly. Since the 1950s, legend says that one dog each year has jumped from the bridge for reasons that are unknown to everyone. As you can imagine, the strange occurrence was a favorite of supernatural theorists. Could it be a demonic spirit, luring the dogs to their death?



Some sort of disruption in the time-space continuum? A doorway into another dimension? A disturbance in the magnetic field?



Naturally, experts want a more scientific explanation. An animal habitat expert named David Sexton set out to determine whether a scent was drawing the dogs toward something. He concluded that mink urine odor was luring dogs to leap to their deaths.



Another expert questions whether dogs have been committing suicide in large numbers at all. While he did find that some dogs have leaped since the 1950s, he believes the number is much smaller than "one per year."



Why do you think dogs jump from the bridge?

29 comments:

  1. They see or smell something and just forget where they are and jump for it. It probably happens on other bridges as well.

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    1. Could be! I'm going to keep my dog away from bridges.

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  2. Not sure why they jump, but I'd keep my sweet dog miles away from that bridge.

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    1. Me, too! Mine would be on a leash, but still...even on a leash, what if they tried to jump anyway?

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  3. Definitely a doorway into another dimension :-)

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    1. That's definitely the most intriguing of the possibilities.

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  4. Hi Chrys - extraordinary ... and I pass on the question! Cheers Hilary

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  5. To see what's on the other side? My neighbor told me her daughter decided when she was young that she could jump from her bed to the dresser. She couldn't and split open her nose. When I told this to my oldest son he said 'yeah, we jumped from the bed to the desk. surprised we didn't break any bones'. If humans can do stupid stuff, so can dogs, I guess.

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    1. It is funny that kids will do crazy things but dogs usually don't. Hmm.

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  6. Who knows why dogs and other animals do what they do? Do the dogs know what lies on the other side? One can only wonder.

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    1. LOL, the dog must think something better's waiting.

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  7. I've heard about this bridge before. Strange that they can't figure out why the dogs leap off. Stranger still that people don't put their pet's on a leash while crossing it! Even if you don't believe in the paranormal--surely you believe in common sense.

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    1. I can't believe people would have their dogs anywhere without a leash. Makes me think maybe they want to see if the dogs will jump.

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  8. Oh, the poor doggies. Perhaps they had enough of their owners. Love the monkey walking the dog!!

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    1. Perhaps they didn't appreciate having owners that didn't keep them on leashes when they were walking in public!

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  9. I had heard of this place......just looking at the picture it may appear to the dog that there is not a drop there but just land to jump on to.

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    1. That is a possibility. Good point!

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  10. Not sure why they would jump but I definitely would keep a dog on a leash there.

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  11. I watched the show about this where they tried to figure it out and came to the mink conclusion. I'm just glad I'll never get a chance to walk a dog by that bridge!

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  12. Like Alex said above, maybe they are drawn by a scent or sight that appeals to them.

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  13. Okay, I admit, I'm that person who while watching a movie, I get more upset if a dog doesn't make it out alive than the people. Sorry. But dogs love so unconditionally. They're just such pure souls. So this really saddens me. Not the doggies!

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  14. We had a dog jump from a moving vehicle (she lived!) to chase a rabbit trail, so dogs risking life or limb for a scent totally makes sense to me.

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  15. I would bet on some kind of smell they couldn't resist, but who knows?! Plus, I agree that when you look at that last picture the dog might think there was a place to land safely and then lose its footing on that rounded edge.

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  16. It better not be some guy throwing a frisbee through the air just to have the dogs leap. I bet there are other bridges where dogs have jumped off the bridge. I have a feeling they see a squirrel and think it is safe to jump

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  17. Ooh, I like the doorway into another dimension......

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  18. Hi, Stephanie - I've read about this bridge before. I have no guess as to what causes this phenomenon...but I would definitely keep my dog away from there!

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  19. I once picked up a serious "Cat" book published by Cornell University... I was shocked to see the listing for "High Rise Syndrome" which occurs when a cat jumps out of a window to catch a bird flying by... the solution, close the window. I couldn't believe that a book written for veterinarians included such obvious answers.

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  20. My daughter and I watch a lot of movies. Whereas, she's very emotional and cries when it comes to sad movies, I rarely get teary eyed. We recently we watched a movie where a dog was euthanized and I cried like a baby.

    This bridge is mysterious. I do know if I threw a ball over it, my dog would chase it.

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  21. Poor puppies! They should be kept on leashes!! The animals probably get excited about seeing something and jump!

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