HAPPY AS A PIG IN WATER! CELEBRATING THE CHINESE NEW YEAR RED SNAPPER STYLE!

HAPPY AS A PIG IN WATER! 

WE LOOK AT THIS CREATURES LOVE OF WATER, AS PART OF OUR CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS!

"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!" Eric Cheng, Underwater Photographer

As our Chinese friends around the World celebrate New Year, we take a look at the humble pig and its clear and apparent fascination and love for water! 

The Chinese New Year (also referred to as the Spring Festival) is intricately tied in to nature. The first day always begins on the new moon that appears any where between the 21st January and 20th February.

In 2019, the first day of the Lunar New Year is on Tuesday, 5th February, which welcomes in the Year Of The Pig.

ISLAND LIFE - PIG STYLE

Ever heard of The Exumas? No we hadn't either!  However, nestled in the Caribbean Ocean, about 35 miles south east of Nassau in The Bahamas, is an archipelago made up of around 35 cays and islands. And one of the bigger islands, aptly named "Big Major Cay" is home to probably the happiest pigs in the world!

No one knows why they are there, however the most popular theory remains that a ship full of sailors stopped off at the islands and dropped of the pigs, so they knew they had food to return to. Luckily for the pigs, they never returned!

The island is uninhabited, so these little porkers get free rein. There are roughly 20 - 30 pigs and piglets, with the babies outnumbering the older pigs. Because the island has a natural spring, it is able to sustain life and its fortunate positioning, means that the pigs are sheltered from the huge waves that batter many of the neighbouring islands.

The pigs can be seen frolicking on the beaches and sunbathing on the sands. The minute they see or hear passing boats, they dash in to the water, hoping for food - which they are richly rewarded with! 

                                                       Meet Kama The Surfing Pig

In 2014, the world was introduced to Kama the surfing pig for the first time and since then, its been a fairy tale (or Pixar tale) of fame and fortune for this little fella!

His human dad, Hawaiian surfer Kai Holt was camping with his family when the little piglet wandered in to his life and his cabana and never left! He named him Kamapua.

One day Kama fell in the pool and started to swim around. Kai immediately thought - well if he can swim ... maybe he can surf! And the rest as they say is history!

Thats all from the Wild Side this week. Thanks for reading 🏄‍♀️ 


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