Tourists Were Giving the Bahamas Swimming Pigs Alcohol, Officials Say
Several pigs were found dead recently.
Some now believe the cause of death was tourists.
Although the Bahamas Humane Society (BHS) is still investigating the incident and the cause of death remains unknown, some are speculating that the pigs may have died at the hands of rowdy tourists.
“We have people coming there giving the pigs beer, rum, riding on top of them, all kinds of stuff,” one of the pigs’ owners, Wayde Nixon, told The Nassau Guardian. “The pigs were given the wrong food.”
“It could just be a horrible accident where they ate something poisonous,” BHS President Kim Aranha told local news Tribune 242. “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.”
BHS investigators examined the bay and collected water samples to better determine the cause of death. They are waiting on the lab results.
There are differing reports as to how many pigs died in the incident, but according to the BHS, about 15 remain on the island.
The pigs’ owners are currently working with the government to implement some sort of regulation in the bay. They have suggested setting boundary lines where tourists will be able to see and photograph the pigs who swim up to boats, but will not be allowed to feed them.
The swimming pigs have been made famous from the appearance on “The Bachelor” as well as several high-profile visits from celebrities. Most recently, Amy Schumer swam with the pigs over the weekend.