Famous Bahamian Swimming Pigs May Be A Thing Of The Past

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It remains one of the stranger experiences for this Open Jaw correspondent. As our speedboat pulled into the shallows of a small cay in the Exumas of The Bahamas, a group of large pigs ran on to the beach and into the water.

The pigs came right up to the boat where they were fed hot dogs (made of chicken meat we were told) and buns. Our group was invited to join them in the water, but most chose to stay aboard, worried about being hit by a stray pig foot as they paddled hard to keep their large bodies afloat.

Apparently, the pig population was the result of a couple of pigs being placed on the cay to fatten up on what little vegetation there was, before becoming part of someone’s Christmas dinner. The owners didn’t return, and the pigs did what pigs do, resulting in more pigs.

But the now famous animals, written about and filmed for years, could soon be a thing of the past. Several have suddenly dropped dead, and there are now just seven or eight left.  One theory is that they died of food poisoning.

The Bahamas Humane Society has launched an official investigation into why the deaths have occurred. They have taken a series of water samples to try to determine the cause of death and work out if the deaths were accidental or intentional.

BHS President Kim Aranha told local paper The Tribune: “It could just be a horrible accident where they ate something poisonous. It could be malicious but I don’t really see why someone would go out of their way to hurt those lovely animals.”

Aranha added: “I know there are a lot of silly sailors that go and feed them alcohol to try and get them drunk but that’s not to mistake them with the tour operators based out of Nassau who have treated them with excellent care.”

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