Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Herd of sheep jump to death before impending slaughter

A herd of sheep being led to slaughter in Turkey have instead ended their lives by leaping off a cliff.

Herder Mejmet Gana was guiding his 52 sheep across a mountain range when suddenly one of the sheep turned to the edge of a cliff and jumped, quickly followed by the rest.

The sheep were being taken to a local market where they were going to be sold for for the upcoming Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday that involves animal sacrifice. The sheep carcasses were found at the bottom of the cliff.

But it's not the first time the European country has witnessed an unprovoked mass sheep suicide. In 2005, 1500 sheep jumped off a cliff in Turkey. The first 450 were killed, but the rest survived by landing on the dead bodies of the herd below.

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