Is it true that lemmings commit suicide?



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    While it is an exciting story to tell, lemmings do not actually commit suicide. This myth stems from two things: lemming populations fluctuate from having huge populations to near extinction, and a Disney movie made in the 50’s. The idea of mass suicide is sometimes used to explain why the numbers drop so drastically. It is simply a theory that has never been proven true and is expected to be made up. The Disney movie Wild Wilderness, released in 1958, depicted as huge group of these animals all jumping off of a cliff at the same time. It was later revealed that the film makers made this event by forcing the animals off the cliff and relaying false information in the film. So, while interesting to think about what goes on in the minds of animals, the lemmings are not slipping into depression and killing themselves. 

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