500 sheep take suicidal leap

Villagers in the hamlet of Yapraklı in the Turkish province of Van are in shock after 500 of their sheep decided to jump off a cliff to their deaths, left-wing news site ABC Gazetesi said.

The sheep were all grazing on a slope leading up to a cliff, but after one sheep decided to take the plunge, the rest followed behind it.

The sheep were owned by the 26 households of Yapraklı, and the shocked villagers came out to the cliff to try to identify their sheep from the pile.

“We were shocked by what happened,” resident Ahmet Karataş said of the mass suicide.

“When we went out to the scene of the event we came across the animal corpses. Around 500 of our animals were destroyed. We expect help from authorities.”