Swimming Pigs and Other Surprising Animals That Love Water
Some cats, spiders, and moose are among nature's super swimmers.
People aren't the only creatures who like to make a splash.
When Dana Smith asked via Facebook, "My four-year-old wants to know, do pigs swim?" Saturday's Weird Animal Question of the Week decided to look at some typically terrestrial animals who also like the life aquatic.
"Pigs are excellent swimmers," crossing water to seek food sources, escape danger or find better habitat, Billy Higginbotham, of Texas A&M University, says via email.
"For example, all of the heavy rainfall the last month in Texas has caused wild pigs to move—and in some cases, swim—out of bottomland areas and seek higher ground."
Some are even beach bums.
The Bahamas' Big Major Cay is home to feral pigs who swim with tourists.
Shultz speculates that "over time the