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Turtle that swallowed 1000 coins dies


A sea turtle nicknamed "Bank" has died of complications following surgery to remove almost 1,000 coins she swallowed during captivity, vets in Thailand have said. Eventually, the money formed a weight that cracked Bank's shell.

Chansue pointed out one happier aspect, according to the AP: "She at least had the chance to swim freely and eat happily before she passed".

At first Bank appeared to be recovering well after the operation, but a checkup on Saturday revealed problems with its intestines. Doctors performed a second operation, but Bank never woke up and died Tuesday morning.

"'At 10.10am she went with peace..."

Thai veterinarians prepare to operate on Omsin, a 25 year old female green sea turtle, to remove coins from her stomach at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn Universiry in Bangkok, Thailand, March 6, 2017.

In Thailand it is commonly believed throwing coins on the turtles will bring good luck due to their usual lifespan of up eight decades.


"Omsin" had been kept in a pool in Thailand where local people tossed coins for good luck.

Five surgeons from Chulalongkorn University's veterinary faculty removed the coins over four hours while the turtle was anaesthetised.

A green sea turtle has a lifespan of about 80 years. After the initial operation, a gap left in Omsin's stomach caused her intestine to become strangled, blocking blood flow.

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

However, Piggy Bank's popularity and the number of coins she ingested led to the shortening of her own life.

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

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