No Name Pigs Need Fresh Water

UPDATE: June 2019 – Earlier this year, the property at the northern end of No Name Cay (aka Piggyville) was sold. Craig Russell is no longer involved in caring for the pigs of No Name Cay.

If you’re in Abaco and headed to No Name Cay to visit the pigs of Piggyville, please bring water.

Abaco's No Name Cay Pigs Need Fresh Water

Craig Russell with one of the youngest residents of Piggyville.

Unfortunately, there’s no source of fresh water on the island (a fact evidently overlooked by those who released the pigs on No Name to fend for themselves.)

And while Green Turtle Cay’s Pig Whisperer, Craig Russell, visits twice weekly and brings as much water as his boat will hold, it just isn’t enough for the growing piggy population – especially with summer approaching.

Thanks to Craig’s dedication, and the generosity of all who contribute food or bring it directly to No Name Cay, the pigs seem to be getting enough food. But they’re desperate for water.

Craig says that he and other visitors to No Name often meet the pigs’ water containers completely dry.

Sometimes, he says, the pigs even refuse to eat until their water supply has been replenished and they’ve had a good, long drink.

If every vessel that visited No Name brought a gallon or two of fresh water, it would make a huge difference to the pigs’ water supply. Please help if you can.

On behalf of Craig, the residents of Piggyville and all who love them, thank you!

  6 comments for “No Name Pigs Need Fresh Water

  1. Melissa Maura
    March 29, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Hello Amanda, It is so distressing to think those animals have to practically die of thirst before someone does something to help. What idiots decided to put pigs on a waterless cay where they have to fend for themselves?! Sigh….. They need removing ASAP as far as I can see, for the cay residents sake and for their own. Best Wishes, and so good that you are trying to help them Melissa

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    • March 29, 2016 at 10:08 am

      Hi, Melissa. Thanks for your note. I agree that it was inhumane to put these pigs in an environment without adequate food or water. Thank goodness for Craig Russell, who has voluntarily assumed responsibility for their care, since apparently whoever put them there can’t be bothered. The good news is the pigs have become a draw for tourists — it’s amazing how many emails and notes I get from folks asking how to get to see and feed them! And the more people who visit, the more food and water they get. As long as the pigs are properly fed, watered and cared for, I don’t mind them being on No Name. But it is distressing and far from ideal that they’ll forever be dependent on human beings for their survival. 🙁

  2. April 3, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Amanda, do you know if the better-know pig population on Exuma have a fresh water source?

    • April 4, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      RH, from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism site, it sounds as if the Exuma pigs are blessed with fresh water springs on their uninhabited island. Like our piggies, they’re not native to their island, but it sounds as if they have an easier time of it.

      • April 6, 2016 at 4:56 am

        Thanks for that Amanda. Of course, there is fresh water around the Abaco coast (or there’s be no manatees), but obviously not up at No Name Cay. So I guess shipping it in is the only way to slake their thirst!

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