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Thieves snatch more than 100 baby giant tortoises from Galapagos Islands


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Thieves have stolen 123 baby giant tortoises from a breeding facility in the Galapagos Islands, where they are revered as a lumbering symbol of the region's unique biodiversity and a reminder of how Charles Darwin conceived his theory of natural selection.

"They were all taken at once, 123 in all. It was a robbery," Washington Paredes, a local politician, told the AFP news agency.

The islands are famous for their flora and fauna. Their 3,000 square miles are a protected habitat and home to dozens of species of animal found nowhere else on the planet.

That draws thousands of tourists every year but has also made the exotic species a target of wildlife criminals.

read more:https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/06/thieves-snatch-100-baby-giant-tortoises-galapagos-islands/

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