View Full Version : Rams leap to death (Martz at fault?)

Dave Lane
07-09-2005, 09:34 AM
Another funny story from the same show...


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

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

"There's nothing we can do. They're all wasted," said Nevzat Bayhan, a member of one of 26 families whose sheep were grazing together in the herd.

The estimated loss to families in the town of Gevas, located in Van province in eastern Turkey, is close to 100,000 Turkish lira, which is equal to roughly $91,000 Cdn. It's a significant amount of money in a country where the average GDP per person is around $2,700 US.

"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."

07-09-2005, 09:43 AM
sheep are not real bright.

07-09-2005, 09:44 AM
sheep are not real bright.

*cue obligatory DC Forums crack*

07-09-2005, 09:46 AM