Residents of the surrounding areas of the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas are shocked and disturbed after a number of famous swimming pigs in the area have been found dead. The Independent has revealed that seven pigs have been found dead and that roughly 15 members of the pig colony remain.
Wayde Nixon is the man who brought the pigs to the isolated island many years ago. Nixon speculates that the pigs died because of food they were given which was detrimental to their health. “We have people coming there giving the pigs beer, rum, riding on top of them, all kinds of stuff,” Nixon said.
“Some people feed the pigs as they swim in the water, other people throw things on the sand for them to eat from the sand. You know sand is indigestible, sand cannot be digested, and the autopsy which was performed on one or two of the animals showed that they had a good amount of sand in their stomach,” said Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries V. Alfred Gray. The pigs have become quite popular in the area and are a huge attraction for visiting tourists.
“We had the government vet in there [who] examined them all thoroughly,” Nixon said in an interview with The Nassau Guardian.
“He gave them shots, he gave them medicine, and I was there and I worked with them for three days straight. We had them pigs there almost 30 years, and never has this happened before, but now we are going to have to regulate it,” Nixon continued.
It has not been confirmed if alcohol and human food were the cause of death, but officials are shocked and disturbed by the news and will be enforcing new regulations which will prevent tourists from feeding the pigs.
“It’s really a mystery,” said Kim Aranha, president of the Bahamas Humane Society. Although the deaths of the pigs remains a mystery, officials will continue to keep a close eye on the remaining pigs in hopes of protecting their lives and their health.
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