Pigs are excellent swimmers. I saw them swim and I know it was not an exemption. In the Bahamas there is a well-known beach where American tourists can swim along with feral pigs. It is a tourist attraction and part of many tourist brochures. The National Geographic, as well as other nature channels, made documentaries about these Caribbean beach loving pigs.
Well, it is nothing special. In the Philippines, Ghana, Nicaragua and many other places in the subtropics and tropics there are pigs living on ocean beaches. Pigs simply love water, be it ocean, lake, muddy creek or just a puddle.
And so, when I hear in the Gospels about a heard of pigs drowning in a lake I know that something is up. That story is not to be taken literally, there is something else is going on. It is to be taken symbolically and it has a deeper meaning.
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