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Old 20-11-2015, 22:17   #1
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Pigs in the Bahamas

Ok. Please forgive my ignorance here. I know nothing about pig health or animal health in general except what I know about my own cats.

Do the wild pigs in the Abacos and over on Staniel Cay get vet treatment?

I mean, being wild they could have all kind of diseases and parasites and I have seen people kissing them on the snouts, laying skin to skin, swimming with them in close proximity, etc..

That kinda oogs me out and I have to wonder... is there not a concern of them passing these parasites and diseases between themselves and the people or maybe my cats on board?
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Re: Pigs in the Bahamas

They do sometimes take a nibble of a person, and that would seem reason enough to leave a couple of feet between you and the hog!


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Re: Pigs in the Bahamas

Generally speaking, I would worry more about the health of pigs that you end up buying in the supermarket than the health of wild pigs

I'm sure they could have some minor issues just like wild cats and dogs can have fleas etc., but a happy pig that looks healthy wouldn't worry me.

Having said that, I wouldn't cuddle with it either, but that's mostly cos I don't want to get bitten

When bringing pets with you (I share my boat with a cat as well), it works both ways - meaning our pets could spread some disease or fleas or whatever to native animals, and vice versa. Just like cats living on land can sometimes share whatever health issues they may have with each other.
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Just cook them long enough, you won't have any problems..

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Old 21-11-2015, 02:00   #5
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Re: Pigs in the Bahamas

Wild animals generally don't get vet treatments. Probably a conspiracy since the banks won't issue them credit cards.

As others have indicated, I would be more worried about being bitten.

Pigs are pretty tough animals and turn feral very easily. Yes, they may have fleas or other issues but that's life in the wild.
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Re: Pigs in the Bahamas

Once I get over there, I plan to lure them away with bread on a hook, and roast them up, so they won't have to worry about veterinarian's care.
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Re: Pigs in the Bahamas

I would've thought that being soaked in seawater ten times a day should take care of any fleas?

I tried to argue that once their feet left the seabed they became fair-game for a spear-gun, but sadly Lesley wouldn't allow it.
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Re: Pigs in the Bahamas

Pigs as with any scavangers and toil animals get infested with worms. Domestic pigs are usually wormed regularly (in the first world). As someone else suggested. Just make sure you cook the meat very well.

As for kissing a pig, then no, you won't be catching anything, at least not unless your French kissing one
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Re: Pigs in the Bahamas

Before kissing the pig, just make sure one of you is wearing some lipstick....you know the old saying.

I would assume that those wild pigs are so important to the tourist industry that they are protected from hunting. A pig roast on the beach may not go over well with the tourist boats and locals dependent on tourists getting some playtime with porky.
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They are probably covered under Obamacare and fined if they don't use it. So why wouldn't they have free Vet coverage?
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You can kill and cook them, but you have to offer bacon to whoever has an issue with it.
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They are probably covered under Obamacare and fined if they don't use it. So why wouldn't they have free Vet coverage?
By the way the Wild Ponies on the islands of of
Beaufort NC on Shackelford Island get free vet care
And are a National Treasure

Now if you could explain the link between wild pigs in
the Bahamas and the Affordable Health Care Act
I would feel enlightened
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... I would assume that those wild pigs are so important to the tourist industry that they are protected from hunting. A pig roast on the beach may not go over well with the tourist boats and locals dependent on tourists getting some playtime with porky.
Quite right.
The pigs were placed on, and are OWNED by, Big Major’s Spot many years ago by Staniel Cay residents.
These pigs aren’t really feral (or wild). While they may not be kept in a pen, they’re surrounded and fed by humans virtually all day.
The (Staniel Cay) Islanders hold fund raising (school, clinic, church) pig roasts several times a year.
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Re: Pigs in the Bahamas

Oh, To be sure those pigs (and goats) get regular treatment every 2 weeks. They bring a vet in from Nassau who carefully checks each of them for parasites, bad breath , and treats their skin ailments from being in the salt water and sand everyday.
Further they get antibiotic and steroid shots to immune them from the stupid tourists who miss the idea that it is a third world country.
Those are the same folks who walk about with a bottle of hand sanitiser chained around their neck.
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