80 sheep committed suicide in front of their astonished shepherd in Turkey on July 12, 2017.
The weird incident occurred in the mountainous region of Muradiye in the south-east of the country.
As the shepherd Ercan Ozer explains, one sheep first jumped off a cliff and then all the other 79 followed. The sheep owner tried to stop the crazy animals in vain only saving a small part of his herd.
The shepherd cannot explains the suicide phenomenon and argues the sheep were not scared and were not in danger.
The reason behind the large sheep suicide is unclear, but it is not the first time it occurs in Turkey. In 2005, more than 400 sheeps committed mass suicide in the eastern province of Van. In 2010, another mass suicide (50 animals) happened in Turkey near the city of Erzincan, just before the holiday of sacrifice Eid al-Adha:
In June 2017, a herd of 13 cows jumped to their death off of a 50 metre-high cliff leaving Swiss farmers baffled. The strange behavior is still a mystery today.
Why are animals committing suicide?