Near the village of Milton in the burgh of Dumbarton, Scotland, exists a bridge that has been the subject of a weird anomaly. For some unknown reason, the bridge has been attracting dogs and causing them to leap to their deaths. The bizarre phenomenon has baffled experts and at least 50 dogs are believed to have lost their lives after jumping. Animal psychologists as well as pet owners have witnessed more than 600 of the four legged friends leap off the bridge for no apparent reason. For years, the locals have blamed the incident to be caused by ghosts haunting the century-old bridge to even over-excitement. Here are the details about a mysterious bridge in Scotland that is the reason for a series of tragic events. Read on to find more…
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Part I: The Overtoun Bridge was a mostly harmless structure for decades after it was built in 1895.
Built in 1895, the bridge was constructed next to a 19th century castle called Overtoun House. The estate in its 160 years of life has served as a movie set, a maternity hospital and a place of recovery for Allied soldiers during WWII. In the 1950’s, when people started noticing the weird anomaly taking place at the Overtoun bridge, they immediately considered the bridge to be bound by supernatural activity. Soon, the bridge was nicknamed as “The Bridge of Death”, because dogs started leaping from the bridge to their deaths.
In the past 50 years, at least 50 dogs are known to have died by leaping off the bridge.
In the past 50 years, the locals of the Scottish city of Glasgow have witnessed at least 50 dogs jump to their death. 600 more dogs have also jumped from the spot but luckily survived; that’s one dog per month. Some of the dogs that survived the jump took the opportunity to jump a second time when they got an opportunity. Soon, experts started to recognize a pattern emerging from the incidents. The terrifying jumps ended on the jagged rocks under the bridge and the dogs who jumped were long-nosed breeds.
Part II: Experts started recognizing a pattern emerging among the dogs.
The terrifying jumps were soon found to be connected in some way. Experts analyzed the incidents that occurred within the past 50 years and learned that all the dogs belonged to the same breed. Long-nose breeds, who were traditionally used for hunting because of their exceptional sense of smell, were the ones who had jumped. The dogs also appeared to have jumped from the same spot, which led experts to believe that there was a connection. Meanwhile, people who lived in the area believed that the spirit of the ‘White Lady of Overtoun’ was behind the incident.
Paul Owens, a religious and philosophy teacher explains that,
“I was standing there two years ago when I felt a firm, hard prod that felt like a finger. Something or someone was trying to push me over the bridge too, just like the dogs.”
Experts who were studying the case believe that what locals were experiencing was nothing more than mass hysteria.