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

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

Vets say she ate the coins after they were thrown into her pool for good luck.

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.

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