Wednesday, March 06, 2013

When Pigs Fly...


While we didn’t find any evidence that pigs can fly yet, we did witness that they have the potential to be pretty decent swimmers.  At least the pigs here at Big Majors Spot in Staniel Cay are...

Placed here some years ago by local residents, these “wild” pigs have managed to adapt pretty effortlessly to life on a small island by making themselves a mammalian freak-show in return for food.  Our guidebook suggested we feed these mysterious swimming pigs lettuce and/or bread (no meat), so off we went with a wilting head of romaine to lure the pigs from the beach in the hopes of witnessing their aquatic prowess.  While we were able to entice them to swim out to our dinghy, they completely snubbed our offerings.  Upon seeing that all they were getting was some lettuce, they promptly turned around and swam right back to shore, leaving our romaine floating pathetically behind them.  It seems their palettes have evolved alongside their swimming skills.  

Regardless of their distaste for salad, it’s pretty wild to see a pig swimming out to your boat, snout in the air like a snorkel, grunting away with every stroke.  So there you have it; pigs do indeed swim.  But you won't catch me swimming with them, until, of course, they fly.




13 comments:

Mid-Life Cruising! said...

So cool ... I never get tired of seeing these pigs on blogs. Great pics!

Lina Bauer said...

definitely something I never anticipated seeing! that is really cool:) I will show the boys later, for sure!

Tasha Hacker said...

I was so surprised to see how big those pigs were in real life!

Xx

Melody said...

Pigs are so awesome. We had a pet pig... named Pork Chop. He liked salad but preferred banana popsicles. ;)
xo

JP said...

Very clever animals - and funny too :)

Debra Jean said...

I have read in several places that they really like Oreos! Who knew!? :)

Sarah said...

I love seeing pics of these pigs and is that water really that blue? It's almost too blue to be true!

RC inskeep said...

What a riot! We raised a couple of pigs...they were so entertaining!

Pat said...

We found they really like sweet potatoes.

Laura and Hans said...

I, too, will never tire of seeing these pigs. It's one of my biggest desires to get over there with our Wilbur the Pit (pig) and see them for myself.

Jane Behr said...

Carrots... they loved our carrots.

Anonymous said...

For some reason, this post made my evening.

Alissa Allen said...

This is great! It really put a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing! :-)

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