Chantelle Winter is the owner of Pigs in Paradise, which is an exclusive, fun, and educational beach experience where persons can swim with piglets.
She embarked on this venture after her father’s pet pigs had a liter of fourteen (14) piglets.
Swimming with pigs is an activity that is very popular in the Bahamas, however, what differentiates Pigs In Paradise is the use of trained piglets, whereas in the Bahamas they use mature wild pigs.
Naturally, pigs are not comfortable being handheld, however for this activity, Ms. Winter has trained these piglets in her very own “Piggie School”, where they are trained to be held and fed from a bottle.
Pigs are normally seen as dirty animals; however, Ms. Winter assures persons that the pigs are cleaned as well as regularly checked by a veterinarian.
Daily, the pigs are fed and cleaned in the morning and again in the afternoon, the same goes for when they are taken to the beach just before they interact with persons.
Since the piglets are so young the activity only lasts one hour and then they will sleep for an hour after that.
Ms. Winter does have plans to expand and find a place where the pigs can be free, like an offshore island for security, and that way more persons can be involved like persons who own boats, that way more people benefit.
Due to the uniqueness of the business, every day is a challenge and a learning experience, however, she has gotten great feedback from the activity and persons have expressed that it was a fun and extremely safe experience.
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