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I may have to serve Lamb this next Thanksgiving
Could this be a forewarning of a coming apocalypse?

Excerpt From the Guardian, URL at bottom

450 Sheep Jump to Their Deaths in Turkey, Friday July 8, 2005 2:31 PM

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) - First one sheep jumped to its death. Then stunned Turkish shepherds, who had left the herd to graze while they had breakfast, watched as nearly 1,500 others followed, each leaping off the same cliff, Turkish media reported.

In the end, 450 dead animals lay on top of one another in a billowy white pile, the Aksam newspaper said. Those who jumped later were saved as the pile got higher and the fall more cushioned, Aksam reported.

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From: tigerdancer77 Date: July 9th, 2005 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
How odd
amazon_42 From: amazon_42 Date: July 9th, 2005 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe they know something we don't.
From: pooka798 Date: July 9th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe the sheep watched the shepherds play Lemmings one too many times. Humans blame video games for the stupid shit they do; why can't sheep do the same?
ksatyr From: ksatyr Date: July 9th, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, reported by the Associated press and by Reuters, with the latter reporting it's source as the Radikal daily. Anyone understand Turkish?
vvalkyri From: vvalkyri Date: July 14th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
silmaril does. I sent her the link above and this was her response:



Title: "Sheep committed suicide communally."

Translating the first three paragraphs:

"Herd disaster in Van. In the Gevas Province of Van, 1480 sheep
from a herd grazing on high cliffs fell down the cliffside and was
lost; the apparent cause is incredible.

When a sheep of the herd grazing in the rocky ground jumped off
the cliff, 1480 other sheep followed her and jumped. When 450 sheep
had been squashed (*) and died, the rest went over them and were
saved. Over the corpses, beginning to bloat, the peasants covered
their noses and mouths with bits of cloth and worked with great
difficulty to determine the extent of the damage."

According to what we learned, the incident took place yesterday
morning at the Sulan point of Ikizler Village, 95
households. The herd, comprising of 1480 animals---the property of
26 households---was grazing on rocky ground under the supervision of
shepherds. When a sheep in the lead leaped to pass to an opposing
cliff, all of the rest of the herd followed. When some of the
sheep, leaping one after the other, smashed against the rocks on the
way down and formed a heap of bodies, the rest of the sheep that
fell on this heap were saved from death. The shepherds, helpless to
prevent what happened, could only take 6 of the sheep while still
alive but gravely wounded and stop their suffering. The rest were
lost, as they died by trauma and squashing."

(*) "Squashed" is weird there, but that's the word they used. I
think what they meant was that the sheep died first, and then were
squashed, but the passage was badly written.

Summary of the rest of the story mentions that the economic loss
to the families that owned the sheep was great.

It's relatively common that a number of shepherds would herd the
animals of a whole village in a common herd, each animal marked with
a sign on the ear typically.

I guess there's one important point separate from the bit quoted
in the LJ article: The lead sheep didn't just throw itself down,
she was trying to leap to an opposing bit of cliff. They are,
arguably, not the most intelligent of animals.

Go ahead and quote / post this if you want to, I hereby grant you
copyright to the translation :-).
- [silmaril]
ksatyr From: ksatyr Date: July 14th, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, that's about what I expected.
From: stellar_one Date: July 9th, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I posted the same darn thing before you did!
fixx From: fixx Date: July 10th, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Guess where I got it??

The problem is, when you posted it you failed to include a link to verify it with so I assumed it was a hoax like most stories I read lacking links. Had you included a link I'd have directed my readers to your page. Having found a link to the story I simply posted it myself with the link and an excerpt from the story.
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