Unlike most cats, tigers LOVE the water and are superb swimmers. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Sundarbans in Bangladesh is home to over 300 Bengal tigers that can often be seen swimming across gaping tree-covered rivers. This is because tigers are one of the most adaptable species on earth, having migrated across Asia and Africa, from tundra to jungle. The tigers share this mangrove forest ecosystem at the mouth of the Ganges River with crocodiles, various dolphin species and fishing cats.
Humans aren’t the only ones annoyed by humidity and pesky bugs. Swimming is actually an integral part of a moose’s day. Whether it’s to eat aquatic plants such as bladderwort and yellow water lilies, but also to escape danger. In fact, moose mother’s will swim to islands to give birth to avoid predators.
Being the largest land mammal on earth doesn’t stop elephants from enjoying the water! Elephants are excellent swimmers. They can be seen swimming across rivers when migrating with their trunk turned up in the air as a snorkel.
Sloths may never seem to be in a hurry to get anywhere, but in the water they’re actually incredible swimmers. Sloths spend most of their time lounging in the tree tops of rainforests, but enjoy taking a dip now and then where they swim three times faster than they move on land. When in the water, sloths slow their heart rate down to one-third of its normal pace in order to hold their breath underwater and can do so for up to 40 minutes.
Pigs may not be able to fly, but sure can swim! The pigs on the island of Big Major Cay in the Bahamas are a favorite excursion for tourists who like to watch the pigs swim out to greet the incoming boats. This is because they have come to associate the boats with snack time. It is unknown how these dozens of pigs became stranded on the island, but many Bahamians believe their ancestors were meant for a crew of sailors’ dinner!