Coin-Eating Sea Turtle Dies After Undergoing Second Operation

Jeannette Daniel
March 22, 2017

A sea turtle that swallowed almost a thousand coins died of blood poisoning on Tuesday inspite of an initial successful operation, said doctors.

Tourists seeking good luck had tossed loose change into a public pond where Bank lived, in Chonburi province, about 110 miles south east of Bangkok, Thailand.

The weight of the metal mass had cracked the 25-year-old turtle's shell, and she was rushed to surgery.

Named Omsin, meaning "Piggy Bank", fell into a coma after a second operation to save her on Sunday, following complications in her intestine.

In a Facebook posting yesterday, the veterinarian said Bank had not woken up since the operation and was in "very serious" condition.

"At 10:10am she went with peace".

Nantarika and her team have been taking care of the 25-year-old Omsin since they performed a seven-hour surgery early this month to remove the coins lodged in her digestive tract.

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The coins were thrown into the pond by visitors hoping for good luck - a practice some hope will become less common after widespread coverage of the case in Thailand.

In Thailand many believe that tossing coins on turtles will bring longevity.

During that surgery, five surgeons from Chulalongkorn University's veterinary faculty patiently removed the coins over four hours while "Piggy Bank" was under general anesthesia.

Typically, a green sea turtle has a lifespan of around 80 years, said Roongroje Thanawongnuwech, dean of Chulalongkorn University's veterinary faculty.

And afterward, the veterinarians showed reporters the pile of hundreds of coins that she had consumed.

She was initially thought to be recovering well after the successful operation.

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