Baby Tortoises Were Born on a Galapagos Island for the First Time in 100 Years

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Here’s a nice, positive story in the midst of the seemingly-nonstop flow of awful news stories lately.

Pinzon in the Galapagos Islands is home to tortoises that are on the endangered species list, but the good news is that for the first time in 100 years, baby tortoises are back!

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So why did it take so long? Well blame the rats. And the humans.

Ships brought rats to the Galapagos in the 1700s and rats ate tortoise eggs (and the eggs of other species) and the island’s ecosystem was altered drastically.

The effects were particularly devastating for tortoises, and none were seen on Pinzon for over 100 years. The remaining tortoise eggs on Pinzon were removed from the island in 1960 and allowed to hatch on another island.

Five years later the tortoises were brought back to Pinzon but rats still proved to be a problem.

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The years went on but still, no baby tortoises were born on Pinzon. Finally, in 2012, poison was air dropped on the island to finally rid Pinzon of the rats that had wreaked havoc for hundreds of years.

In 2015, it was announced that baby tortoises were born on Pinzon for the first time in over 100 years.

Do you want some even better news? It’s now estimated that the current population of tortoises on Pinzon numbers at least 500.

Well, isn’t that delightful? I love these types of stories!

Let’s hope this trend continues and the tortoises of the Galapagos (and other species all over the world) make powerful and permanent comebacks.