A report by Caroline McQuire for London’s Sun.
UNTIL very recently, the swimming pigs of the Bahamas have been the Instagram stars of the Caribbean.
But this year another animal has come to claim the mantle – the pink flamingos of Aruba.
The exotic birds populate Renaissance Island – a private island that is owned by the five-star Renaissance Resort And Casino nearby.
Curious guests of the hotel have been sharing pictures of themselves paddling with the pink birds on social media and even feeding them snacks.
The establishment also sells sightseeing trips for tourists from other hotels for $99pp (£76), which gets them get a boat ride to the island, as well as lunch and a drink in low season.
However, many holidaymakers claim the birds are actually being kept on the island by the hotel.
Many believe that the flamingos have had their wings clipped, which would explain why the birds don’t migrate like the animal usually does.
They suggest instead that holidaymakers who want to see wild flamingos should instead travel to the Caribbean island of Bonaire.