pig rescue collage by jgpittenger

pig rescue collage

Best on black. I hadn't planned to post this today but 4 of my photos and an article we were interviewed for appeared in todays Hawaii newspaper so I figured I should share the photos and article:
Local artist rescues drowning boar at Kealakekua Bay
By Gita Howard West Hawaii Today ghoward@westhawaiitoday.com | Friday, March 16, 2018, 12:05 a.m.
KEALAKEKUA BAY — It was another morning Derrick Carvalho just planned to relax at Kealakekua Bay when he spotted something peculiar. Something was swimming in circles offshore, struggling to stay afloat.
Upon further examination, he was surprised to spot a bewildered boar, fighting to keep its flailing body above the surface.
It didn’t seem like there was much fight left in the animal, either. Crashing around 75 feet from shore, at times only its snout poked above surface.
“It looked tired,” Carvalho said.
Jim and Jane Pittenger, visiting from Florence, Oregon, were next to happen on the scene. And what they saw Wednesday morning alarmed them.
“Clearly disoriented,” Jim said the boar’s head sunk lower with each turn. When the boar tried to swim toward land, it retreated, seemingly afraid of the surf. There were also times when its whole head was under water.
“There’s nothing like watching an animal slowly drown,” Jim said. “It’s such a sad and pathetic experience, getting sadder and sadder.”
That’s when local artist Tamara Tavernier, also known as Rainbow, joined the beach crowd around 7:30 a.m., a half hour or so after Carvalho first noticed the animal.
Carvalho, who knew Rainbow as an avid swimmer from the area, asked if she could save it. After viewing the boar through binoculars, Rainbow swam out with a rope, approaching the animal head on. Jim worried that Rainbow would not be able to swim to the rescue in time.
Upon her approach, the boar thrashed and backed away in fear. That’s when Rainbow opted for a second strategy, circling behind the boar and imitating a shark by charging at it with speed.
“It looked like she was very clear with what she was doing,” Jim said.
Jane, an amateur photographer, snapped photos of the rescue.
“He was more scared of me than the surf,” Rainbow recounted. “I made myself the biggest fear.”
As Rainbow rushed through the water close behind the animal, the boar swam to the rocks on the shoreline. Jim, Jane, and Carvalho greeted Rainbow and the boar with applause as they reached dry land, after which the animal promptly scurried into the brush.
“Without a word of thanks,” Jim joked.

Rainbow said this was not the first animal she’s saved, reporting rescues of turtles, a dolphin, and a shark from nets and fishing lines in the past.
“I would save anything. With animals, I have no fear,” Rainbow said. “I felt good after. It’s always good to save a life.”
OMG -- this is the most amazing story! Your photos are wonderful too, of course, but I just love reading about your adventure!
March 17th, 2018  
Great story!
March 17th, 2018  
Wow what a story! Great collage!
March 17th, 2018  
What an event to witness in Hawaii! The collage tells the story and I liked hearing all the details.
March 18th, 2018  
Good job!
March 18th, 2018  
Oh wow, what a wonderful story, and how fabulous to be there with camera in hand. Great story-telling collage.
March 18th, 2018  
What an amazing experience you and your husband had - love the collage telling the story.
March 18th, 2018  
Awesome collage and story. Glad ya'll were able to save the little boar.
March 18th, 2018  
Great story capture.
March 18th, 2018  
Wow!! Great shots!
March 18th, 2018  
What an amazing story o hit the papers! Lovely shots too.
March 18th, 2018  
Incredible story, Jane.
March 18th, 2018  
Great story
March 18th, 2018  
Wonderful Collage.
March 18th, 2018  
Quite an adventure !
March 18th, 2018  
Thank you for sharing :)
March 18th, 2018  
A great story and pictures,
March 18th, 2018  
Great story! Great collage!
March 18th, 2018  
What a great story. So pleased that the pig was saved.
March 19th, 2018  
A fantastic story! The poor pig was very lucky - it makes you wonder how he got out there! I liked the line " Jane - an amateur photographer....." I can't help thinking that Jane is a bit above the average amateur photographer! Fancy making the local news - a holiday to remember. :)
March 19th, 2018  
wow! What an event to witness and record and thank goodness for a happy outcome. I agree with @robz that 'Jane' is a bit above the amateur photographer. From reading your other posts this 'Rainbow' sounds like a wonderful person.
March 19th, 2018  
Great article and photos - quite an experience!!
March 20th, 2018  
Wow Jane what a story! Glad everything worked out! Makes me wonder what a pig was going in the ocean in the first place? Great series
March 22nd, 2018  
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