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Watch: Thai vets remove nearly 1,000 coins from turtle

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By Atack Patrick  with RWS
Watch: Thai vets remove nearly 1,000 coins from turtle

Veterinarians removed 915 coins from the stomach of this 25-year old turtle.

She had reportedly been swallowing the coins which had been thrown into her pool in the hope of good luck in return.

The build-up of coins had begun to affect Omsin’s ability to swim properly. ‘Omsin’ means ‘piggy bank’ in Thai.

The green sea turtle had been living at a conservation centre in Sriracha, Chonburi, about an hour and a half south east of the capital Bangkok.

Nantarika Chansue of Chulalongkorn University’s veterinary science faculty said the coins accounted for about 10% of Omsin’s total body weight, as 5kg.

Her rear end was struggling to remain buoyant with the added weight in her stomach.

Vets said they believed the seven-hour operation was the first of its kind, and they say it will take about seven months of therapy and recovery before Omsin is back to normal.