Back in 2013, I had the pleasure of going out to the Bahamas for a live broadcast at Sandals Emerald Bay set up by the station so we could give away some trips to lucky listeners. During that trip, which you can read all about and see photos here, we were ferried to an outer island to snorkel and swim with some feral pigs that live there.
It was a blast, as you can see in the gallery below! We swam, we posed for selfies, we fed the pigs… lettuce. No beer, no rum, no ham sandwiches… just some lettuce. And they loved it!
Check out more photos from Piggy Island HERE!
Fast-forward four years later to yesterday when I found out that some of these magnificent creatures were found dead, possibly killed by tourists who decided to feed them the wrong foods.
One of the pig’s owners, Wayde Nixon, told The Nassau Guardian, “We had them pigs there almost 30 years, and never has this happened before, but now we are going to have to regulate it.”
“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.”
There are believed to be around 15 of the animals still alive on the island, which are now being protected.
Read more HERE.