Endangered Tortoises Make a Salad of Harmful Invaders

April 7, 2015 9:07 PM

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Normally when you see "invaders" and "endangered" in the same sentence, it usually means invaders are causing trouble for a special already on its way out. That then would make the iconic tortoises found in the Galapagos Islands a very startling exception to the rule. New research has revealed that these gentle giants are completely pigging out on the islands' otherwise harmful invasive plants.

That's at least according to a study recently published in the journal Biotropica, which details how Galapagos giant tortoises are not only gorging themselves on invasive plants first introduced to the islands in the 1930, but in-fact prefer them, receiving the nutritional support they needs to swel...

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