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    The Seeker of Good Songs
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    Default 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 reported.

    "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.""

    (If sheep are so brainless as to do this, what is wrong with humans killing them to eat them.)

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    suzanne
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    > "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 reported.

    > "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.""

    > (If sheep are so brainless as to do this, what is wrong with humans
    > killing them to eat them.)

    the ones in the Wallace and Grommmit cartoons seem pretty smart.

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    Jo Jo
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    Default Re: 450 Sheep Jump to Their Deaths in Turkey

    Perhaps they heard about the horrors of the slaughterhouse and felt this was the better option?

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