In the Exuma Cays, Bahamas, some of the famous swimming pigs have died after tourists have been alleged as feeding them beer and rum. According to the Independent, seven of the animals were found dead in the ocean now prompting the government to ban tourists from feeding the animals. It is unclear if the deaths of the pigs were intentional or accidental.
Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources V. Alfred Gray notes that visitors to the Exuma Cays love swimming and feeding the pigs, but it was determined the seven dead animals had been fed the wrong foods. One of the owners of the pigs, Wayde Nixon stated:
“He (the government) gave them shots, he gave them medicine, and I was there and I worked with them for three days straight.”
Fifteen pigs are still healthy and tourists will still be welcome to swim with the animals, but now it’s time for stricter regulations. Swimming with the pigs is a unique experience popular with tourists traveling to the island. Nixon has owned the pigs for more than 30 years, and this tragedy has never occurred before, however:
“…. now we are going to have to regulate it. Right now, it’s blowing out of proportion with people, anybody bringing food here, anybody doing what they want to do. We have people coming there giving the pigs beer, rum, riding on top of them; all kind of stuff. That never happened, but lately it has because it’s so big, and we are never really there all the time,” Nixon explained.
The family plans to be on the beach at all times and will have government permission to require tourists to comply with regulations making it safe for the pigs and tourists alike.
(Photos of swimming pigs via screenshot Local10News)
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