The mystery of Overtoun Bridge, aka dog suicide bridge
I recently read the Ripley’s Believe It or Not portion of the daily newspaper and found this haunting fact. Did you know that the Overtoun Bridge in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, is also known as Dog Suicide Bridge? The Overtoun Bridge is an arch bridge built back in 1859 and is part of the Overtoun estate.
Somewhere between the 1950s and 1960s, dogs – usually long nosed breeds – jumped to their deaths at the rate of one dog per year. Dogs who are lucky enough to survive the 50 foot fall, not to mention the waterfall, have leapt again. Locals call these dogs, ‘second-timers’. More mysterious is that dogs would even jump from the same place: right side of the bridge, final two parapets.
A man who believed the bridge was the anti-Christ threw his infant son and attempted suicide there as well. Some believe that this bridge is some sort of gateway to the spiritual world. Science believes that the local mink population is responsible for the suicides.
The dogs would track their smell and instantly jump off the bridge, not knowing the peril that awaits them. Whatever it is, if you happen to pass by that bridge, keep ‘man’s best friend’ on a tight leash.