Who wants to go with us to Pig Beach? Today we learned that there is an island in the Bahamas that’s home to almost two dozen happy pink pigs and piglets. When a Redditor named chazwmeadd shared this awesome discovery, fellow Redditor katedid shared photos from their own recent visit to this magical porcine paradise.
Pig Beach is an otherwise uninhabited island in the Exuma district of the Bahamas and is also known as Pig Island or Big Major Cay. Different stories exist purporting the pigs’ presence on this island:
The pigs are said to have been dropped off on Big Major Cay by a group of sailors who wanted to come back and cook them. The sailors, though, never returned; the pigs survived on excess food dumped from passing ships. One other legend has it that the pigs were survivors of a shipwreck and managed to swim to shore while another claims that the pigs had escaped from a nearby islet. Others suggest that the pigs were part of a business scheme to attract tourists to the Bahamas.
The pigs are now fed by locals and tourists and the island is unofficially known as Pig Beach by the locals. Eric Cheng, a photographer who took snapshots of the pigs, said of them:
"Because locals bring food, the pigs will run into the water and actually swim out to the oncoming boats, as if to greet them individually. It is strange enough to see pigs laying around on tropical beaches of white sand, but to see them then charge into the water to greet oncoming boats is just bizarre."
However they got there, they appear to be pretty pleased about it. We’d love to visit and have a swim with the pigs. Who’s going to join us?
Photos by katedid.
[via Incredible Things]