Skip to comments.Mystery of dogs leaping from 'suicide' bridge
Posted on 12/23/2012 11:46:01 AM PST by BenLurkin
Over the last 50 years dozens of pet dogs have leapt from the 50ft bridge for no apparent reason, usually on clear sunny days. Each of the dogs jumped from the same spot between two parapets on the right-hand side. In 2005 the problem was so bad that 5 dogs jumped to their deaths off the bridge within the space of 6 months. The SSPCA ( Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ) considers the matter a 'heartbreaking mystery'.
Many theories have been proposed to explain these peculiar circumstances. Some people believe that the dogs have jumped because the bridge is haunted, they they were perhaps lured by an otherworldly scent. One story suggests that in 1994, a local man threw a baby from the bridge because he believed him to be the anti-Christ. Celtic mythology also attributes an otherworldly feel to the area with Overtoun being considered a 'thin place' between Heaven and Earth
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My theory is someone is dropping the dogs over the side. Unless there is video?
My theory is some sort of a peculiar optical illusion.
So doggie heaven smells like bacon.. everyone knows that!
My thought exactly. The sun and shadow plays a trick on their limited eyesight and ooops.
Ghosts? Demons? Phooey.
Some dogs will chase sticks, frisbees, and balls anywhere.
Limited eyesight? I have always marveled at dogs’ sight.
I wonder if they are going after birds, gulls or pigeons? Even my puppy will track birds as they fly overhead. I am sure he really wishes he could fly.
That was my thought too
LOL....did you say bacon?
“My theory is some sort of a peculiar optical illusion.”
Whatever makes you feel safe and doesn’t defy your particular version of reality is OK. :)
Probably cause they couldn’t understand a friggin word coming out of anybody’s mouth.
Depends on the breed. Bird dogs have good eye sight. Chihuahuas not so much but they can hear better than other breeds. There’s always one sense than compensates for the lack of other senses. I think it’s the bloodhound that can ‘smell’ better than any other breed and their droopy ears serve the purpose of swooping up the scent to help them ‘smell’ better. Intelligent design for sure! Oh yes, and dogs with hooked or curly-cue tails usually come from cold climates and this feature helps prevent their tails from freezing and breaking off (kept close to the body for heat). Incredible.
One particular spot in one particular type of day makes me think unique optical illusions to the spot with its lighting at that time
Dog vision is something of a trade off. Compared to humans, they have an inordinate proportion of rods to cones, meaning that while they are far more perceptive of light, shadow and movement, their visual acuity and ability to resolve detail are less than humans, and their perception of color is washed out. Whereas humans perceive three primary colors (red, yellow, blue) dogs lose visibility of colors in the red wavelengths.
Keep in mind that for a typical human, almost 90% of our sensory input is through our eyes. Only about 10% or so of what we know about the world around us comes through taste, hearing, touch and smell. Dog senses are far more balanced, and in some situations, their olfactory receptors actually assume the role of their primary sense organ.
It is possible that the dogs in this case could experience some type of optical illusion that isn't an optical illusion to humans, but that still wouldn't explain why they seem to be attracted to the spot in the first place...
One of the victims on the bridge was collie dog Ben, who leaped to his death in 1995 while taking a walk with his owner Donna Cooper, her husband, and her son, Callum. Without any warning, Ben just leapt over the parapet and landed on the rocks below after a 50ft fall. Suffering a broken paw, back and jaw, the vet decided that it wasnt worth putting him through the pain. Callum still asks about Ben.
The ancient Greeks thought only dogs could see the Witch Goddess Hecate.
I guess some nights their dogs would see hear or smell something and bark at it. The person would go outside and see nothing. They just naturally assumed it was Hecate since only the dogs saw it.
We have a doorway that spooks our dogs. One has to back through it after getting her nerve up. The other hugs the wall and bolts through. We had another would not go at all (120 lb Newfy mix so there wasn’t much use it trying to force him) We have never figured out what scares them.
Chihuahuas have on a few occasions jumped from their owners arms, resulting in death.. I think the catalyst is FEAR. A dog walking on a bridge might be so fearful that they choose to exit the situation without regard to the consequences. It’s fear.
Yep... the maple kind!
My daughter and her husband were recently on Mt. Hood with their golden retriever, Mason. He was standing by them and suddenly, for no apparent reason, he leaped over the brick wall.
They both looked over the wall, and he was sitting on the only bit of earth there was. Everywhere else it was straight down. Fortunately her husband was able to rescue him. They keep Mason on a leash all the time now. The dog is about 8 years old and is very well trained. Dogs can be unpredictable.
Since it's a story, why not make it 1961 instead of 1994?
Covered in an episode of Skeptoid:
I like Hectate but I prefer Dos Equis.
I’m sure a cat is behind it somehow.
I think you meant Red, Green and Blue (RGB).
Yellow = Green and Red.
Yellow and Blue makes green. Red and Green are compliments, side by side they make each other look brighter but mixed together they make ick!
National Lampoon’s: European Vacation comes to mind for some reason.
Nope. Green = Blue + Yellow. Maybe your color wheel needs recalibration :-)
Also in the original “Vacation”, Clark ties the pooch to the bumper then drives away.
You are never quite sure if it was just a mistake or not.
ug, you're correct. What was I thinking....
Went a looked up primary colors, seems things have changed a bit as far what the definitions are, depending on what profession you're speaking of.
Heehee, could be.
They say that’s the fist thing to go!
Thanks to you both. I did know about less acuity in the red range, but not about the curly tails and I have had both Samoyeds and Akitas.
I know my dogs are very aware of the tiniest movement and have good peripheral vision and, of course, excellent smelling ability. Great hearing, too.
As I'd noted, their resolving power (i.e. acuity) is on average about what humans would experience with about 20/80 vision, but they are far more sensitive to motion, light and shadow. Some dogs (greyhounds, salukis, etc.) are considered "sighthounds" and hunt primarily by sight, so I'd assume they may have a sharper acuity than other breeds. Having owned a greyhound at one time, I can say that their hearing is quite sharp as well, although their sense of smell is somewhat diminished in comparison to other breeds I've owned.
No, I didn't drop nuthin off that bridge.
So my guess is that the dog hears something on the other side of the rail that excites his interest enough that he leaps over the railing not knowing that there is a big drop on the other side.
My sister knows someone who lost one of their agility dogs off the edge of a parking ramp. Not sure which level they were on, but the dog jumped over the ledge, also not aware that the ground level was not the same on the other side.
Have also read of several police dogs in cities either going the little half walls on the roofs of buildings or off of parking ramps to their demise. :-(
The idea of a suicidal dog just doesn’t sit right with me.
A dog that doesn’t realize that it is on a bridge over a river gorge is easy to understand and believe.
A dog doesnt think like a human. If he doesnt see a drop off he doesnt infer from other cues that it is there.
We are talking about the way dogs perceive the color of objects, hence reflected light, or in your example “paint”.
I can tell you learned your colors after the advent of color computer monitors. You’re speaking of luminant color. Red, green, blue. White is the totality of color and black is the absence of it.
However, RGB are not primary colors when speaking of reflectance, and that is the standard for everything that is not a light source in and of itself. Red, yellow and blue are primary. Green would be secondary because it’s the combination of yellow and blue. Same for orange, which is red and yellow. Same for purple, red and blue. Colors that are more subtle yet are tertiary colors, involving all three primary colors.
If you’ve ever mixed paint, colored with crayons or magic markers, you were using these colors and not RGB. Red and green makes brown in the world of reflectance. Green and blue makes teal or aqua, depending upon proportion. Black is all three and is the totality of color, at least in theory. Printers have to use a dedicated black ink because it’s a weak black with a cast to it.
White would be the absence of color.
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