Because we can’t have nice things, several of the Bahamas’ famous swimming pigs have died – supposedly after being fed rum by tourists.
In recent years, tourists have flocked to Big Major Cay – also known as Pig Beach – to play and snap selfies with the pigs who have made the islands their home.
That interaction has now come to a halt after seven pigs were found dead in the water.
“The pigs were given the wrong food.” Wayde Nixon, one of the owners of the pigs, told The Nassau Guardian.
“We had the government vet in there [who] examined them all thoroughly. He gave them shots, he gave them medicine, and I was there and I worked with them for three days straight.
“Right now it’s blowing out of proportion with people, anybody, bringing food there, anybody doing what they [want to] do. We have people coming there giving the pigs beer, rum, riding on top of them, all kinds of stuff.”
It’s believed that there are still 15 pigs left. To avoid this incident from happening again, officials are planning to limit up-close interaction with the animals, only allowing tourists to observe from afar.
“We had them pigs there almost 30 years, and never has this happened before, but now we are going to have to regulate it,” added Nixon.
Other officials doubt there was any malicious intent involved. “It could just be a horrible accident where they ate something poisonous”, said Kim Aranha, president of the Bahamas Humane Society.
“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.”
The pigs, while feral, were incredibly friendly to people. They would bask in the sand and shade all day, then come running to greet arriving tourists, who would give them belly rubs and treats while swimming in The Bahamas’ pristine turquoise waters.
Also, here’s a photo of Donald Trump Jr with the pigs to make this bit of news even crummier.