Animals Science

Galapagos giant tortoises born for first time in 100 years after their extinction in 1800s

Written by Logical Men

In the early 1800s rats had arrived on the archipelago of Galapagos islands along with the pirates which reached this new destination. Because of their arrival the tortoise had gone instinct but recently a news of happiness broke out when first Galapagos tortoise was born naturally on the archipelago. These black rats were feasting openly on these tortoise. These rats were eating the eggs of the tortoise. But after years, this specie of giant tortoise was reborn naturally. This has been termed as a significant breakthrough.

Tortoise are again hatching after elimination of ‘pirate’ rats

These endangered specie of Duncan island giant tortoise, Chelonoidis duncanensis, were recently born naturally on the island. This made the people happy who had a thing for these giant tortoises. The arrival of humans in mid-19th century made the survival of these Galapagos giant tortoise a hard task. It’s believed that these rats had arrived the island when it was a part of the ‘Republic of Ecuador’. This started with the pirates and whalers who first landed the place. Danny Reuda was interviewed by the media regarding the natural birth of the rats, he said that since there were some massive rats present, therefore these giant tortoises were not born since these rats ate their eggs. He further added that the same was true for other specie of birds, lizards and snakes.

Therefore, in order to return balance to the nature, the experts in a helicopter visited the place and distributed rat poison to end the large colony of rats. This was done to prevent the natural habitat of the place from vanishing. This poison was distributed across the 1,789 hectare of land. Later in year, 2014 the island was declared rodent free. Until recently the news broke out about a tortoise taking natural birth. In addition to the rats, twelve birds were taken from archipilago and nourished in an artificial habitat before their return to their natural one.

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