Sheep jump to their death in turkey – 07/08/2005

  • October 29, 2013 at 9:36 pm #805

    450 Sheep Jump to Their Deaths in Turkey

    The Associated Press
    Friday, July 8, 2005; 9:30 AM

    ISTANBUL, Turkey — 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

    “There’s nothing we can do. They’re all wasted,” Nevzat Bayhan, a
    member of one of 26 families whose sheep were grazing together in the
    herd, was quoted as saying by Aksam.

    The estimated loss to families in the town of Gevas, located in Van
    province in eastern Turkey, tops $100,000, a significant amount of
    money in a country where average GDP per head is around $2,700.

    “Every family had an average of 20 sheep,” Aksam quoted another
    villager, Abdullah Hazar as saying. “But now only a few families have
    sheep left. It’s going to be hard for us.”

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