Several of the Bahamas’ famous swimming pigs have died after tourists reportedly fed them beer and rum.
Seven of the animals were found dead in seas off the country’s Exuma Cays, leading the government to ban visitors from feeding the porcine creatures.
One of the pig’s owners, Wayde Nixon, told The Nassau Guardian: “The pigs were given the wrong food.
“We had the government vet in there [who]examined them all thoroughly. He gave them shots, he gave them medicine, and I was there and I worked with them for three days straight.
“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.”
The majority of the pigs – believed to be around 15 – are still alive, although some reports said the figure was just seven or eight. The famous creatures swim in the sea off the Exuma Cays and are a popular attraction for tourists, who travel to the island to swim with the pigs.
However, other officials said the cause of the pigs’ death was currently unclear.