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This bridge is known for luring dogs to their death, and it’s been going on for decades

If you stumbled upon Overtoun Bridge, located in near Dumbarton, Scotland, you probably wouldn’t know that it has become an infamous landmark that seemingly lures dogs to their deaths.

The bridge was built in the late 1800s and completed in 1895. The engineer, H.E., would have never guessed that over the next 120 ish years, dozens of dogs would leap from the bridge —strangely enough from the exact same spot — and fall to their deaths.

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Photo: Lairich Rig, Creative Commons

The strange behavior first was noted in the 1960s and since then, hundreds have jumped (many lived), but more than 50 met their match and died. What’s even more strange is that several dogs that lived have jumped again from the same spot on the bridge, falling onto the jagged rocks below.

Why are the dogs jumping from Overtoun Bridge?

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