Published on Monday, 31 March 2014 00:00
Somewhere out in the Bahamas is a little spot of paradise where its residents are always happy. The Big Major Cay island is uninhabited by humans but it is home to approximately 20 feral pigs and piglets. These little pigs love nothing more than frolicking in the shallow, crystal-clear waters under the sun.
These swimming pigs have become so famous that the island is nicknamed Pig Beach or Pig Island by locals from neighboring islands. I actually think that the “Bay of Pigs” would have been more apt.
It is unclear how the pigs wound up on the island. Rumor has it that the pigs were dropped off on the island by a group of sailors who intended to come back and cook them. However, the sailors never returned and the pigs survived on excess food washed up on shore from passing ships.
Another theory is that the pigs were survivors of a shipwreck and managed to swim to shore. Others think that the pigs simply escaped from a nearby islet. The more analytical people have suggested that the pigs were deliberately put there as part of a business scheme to attract tourists.
Whatever and however the case is of how the pigs got there, you got to admit that these swimming porkers are pretty darn cute. They spend most of the day gleefully paddling around in the pristine waters or trotting to-and-fro on the warm sandy beach. For wild animals, these pigs are really friendly towards people! They will eagerly leap into the water and swim up to approaching boats to welcome human visitors. The pigs love it if you hop into the water for a nice, refreshing swim with them, they adore human contact and instigate to play with the humans!
Check out the video below of these majestic, swimming piggies!