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Asshole tourists reportedly to blame for the deaths of sweet swimming Bahamian pigs

'We have people coming there giving the pigs beer, rum, riding on top of them, all kind of stuff.'

By Mahalia Chang
Swimming pigs.

Rowdy tourists are reportedly being blamed for the unfortunate death of around a dozen of Exuma's famous swimming piggies.

The pigs, whose swimming adventures made them and their home, Exuma Pig Beach, a top tourist destination, were found dead last week. Investigators suspect that the poor piggies may have been intentionally poisoned, and are currently completing an investigation into their deaths.

The president of the Bahamas Humane Society told the Tribune 242, “It could just be a horrible accident, where they ate something poisonous. It could be malicious, but I don’t really see why someone would go out of their way to hurt those lovely animals.”

A man who claimed to have created the colony of pigs more than 30 years ago said tourists often fed them things they shouldn't eat, which may have led to their deaths.

"We had them pigs there almost 30 years, and never has this happened before, but now we are going to have to regulate it," he told the Nassau Guardian. "We have people coming there giving the pigs beer, rum, riding on top of them, all kinds of stuff."

The investigation into the deaths is still ongoing, but the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources expects tighter regulations to be enforced over the pigs' lifestyle and tourism boundaries.

The remaining pigs, which are thought to number around 15, are all in healthy condition.

Rest in clear Bahamian waters, swimming piglets. :'(

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