The Bahamas’ world-famous swimming pigs are facing a tourist-instigated crisis, with only 15 of the porcine population remaining.
According to the Nassau Guardian, seven of the animals have recently been found dead around their coastal home, allegedly killed by alcohol poisoning.
Speaking to the Nassau Guardian, the man claiming to have started the pig colony, Wayde Nixon, says that tourists feed the pigs just about anything, including alcoholic beverages.
“We have people coming there giving the pigs beer, rum, riding on top of them, all kind of stuff,” he told the paper. “That never happened, but lately [it has] because it's so big, and we are never really there all the time.”
The pigs have achieved their fame because of their affinity for taking to the ocean, but also because of their friendliness. Sadly, it’s this amicable nature that’s leading to their demise.
Pigs are some of the most intelligent animals in the world, hence their easy-going relationship with humans when treated as pets.
Speaking to Tribune 242, the Bahamas Humane Society says it is investigating the deaths, and suggests that it may simply be a case of the pigs eating a poisonous substance.