The Mysterious 'Dog Suicide' Bridge

The Mysterious 'Dog Suicide' Bridge

Our world has plenty of mysteries and the Overtoun Bridge in Scotland is one of them. The bridge is the Bermuda Triangle of bridges, especially for dogs with a death wish. This mysterious bridge is located on the Overtoun House in Dumbarton and has been around for over 150 years.

In the past seven decades, dogs have been jumping off the edge of the bridge and landing 50 feet into a bed of rocks. Fifty dogs have jumped off the cliff to their death since the 1950s and it’s rumored that over 600 other dogs have taken the leap but survived – though with severe injuries. No one knows why the dogs are jumping, and what’s particularly mysterious is that the dogs all jump from the same spot; between the final parapets on the right-hand side of the bridge.

Many theories have been proposed as to why the dogs jump one of which is that the bridge is haunted by the late Lady Overtoun and her husband. Some also believe that position on the bridge is a thin place, which is a Celtic term for a place with a gap between this world and the next being thinner than usual.

Canine psychologist Dr. David Sands has a more reasonable explanation for the mystery after investigating. He believes that the dogs experience sensory deprivation due to the thickness and height of the walls on the bridge, essentially meaning that the dogs cannot see over the bridge, and due to the thickness of the walls they can’t hear anything either. This results in their sense of smell going into overdrive, and the presence of mink in the area causes the dogs’ natural instinct to chase them – causing them to jump off the bridge.