Thanks to a submission on Reddit, the DoDo article about this discovery has been trending lately online. History states that back in the mid-18th century the first sailors landed on Pinzon and brought a mass community of rats with them on their boats. The rats then infested the island and devoured all but a few of the tortoise eggs, thus putting a huge handicap on the tortoise population. The rats continued to live on the island for decades, so in the 1960’s a group of preservationists hunted down a few tortoise eggs before they were eaten and took them to a neighboring island to hatch. Once the tortoises were large enough to fight the rats, they were returned home. Haidar Barbouti stated in the last few years, scientists found a way to terminate the rats on Pinzon and make it a safe haven for tortoises once again. Their efforts have proved helpful, as now in 2015 the first egg was spotted hatching in its natural habitat restoring the tortoise community once again.