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Any mention of the Bahamas tends to evoke images of pristine white sands, crystal clear water and . . . pigs? Apparently they are the main attraction for the thousands of tourists that sail past the tiny island of Big Mayor Cay, better known as, Pig Island.
The sole inhabitants of the island who lived hidden from the limelight until they were discovered by photographer Erich Cheung in 2009, have adapted to the beach lifestyle quite well - They spend their days lazing around frolicking in the sand. When they get hungry, they simply dip into the tranquil warm waters to seek out the delectable morsels left for them by the tourists that traverse the area aboard their cruise boats.
No one is quite sure how the porkers ended up at this paradise, that not only gets best weather, but is also, protected from the tropical storms thanks to its location in the midst of the bigger islands. However, if rumor is to be believed they can attribute their good fortune to some sailors who were passing by the area a few years ago, and decided to leave the pigs there to guarantee themselves a safe and reliable source of food for when they returned.
Fortunately for the pigs, they never did and the animals soon settled down and even figured out that if they learnt to swim, they could easily feed off the excess food that yachts passing the area regularly seemed to toss out.
In fact, over the years, they have become so savvy that they now sense when the next shipment of food is going to be dropped off and dash out to meet the yachts as they arrive. Of course, now that they are no longer a secret, tourist ships go out of their way to tour the island and provide even more delectable treats. Now if only someone could figure out how to get the pigs some beach chairs and cocktails, life would be perfect!