Surgeons Remove 915 Coins Swallowed By Thai Sea Turtle

BANGKOK (WWJ/AP) — Tossing coins in a fountain for luck is a popular superstition, but a similar belief brought misery to a sea turtle in Thailand from whom doctors have removed 915 coins.

Veterinarians in Bangkok operated Monday on the female green turtle nicknamed “Bank,” whose indigestible diet was a result of many tourists seeking good fortune tossing coins into her pool over many years in the eastern town of Sri Racha.

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An officer shows the coins that the Sea Turtle ate over the years collected in two big glasses, in Bangkok, Thailand on March 06, 2017. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Many Thais believe that throwing coins on turtles will bring longevity.

Nantarika Chansue, a veterinarian who worked on “Bank,” wrote on her Facebook page — asking people not to throws coins at aquatic life.

The loose change eventually formed a heavy ball in her stomach weighing 5 kilograms (11 pounds). The weight cracked the turtle’s ventral shell, causing a life-threatening infection.

Five surgeons from Chulalongkorn University’s veterinary faculty patiently removed the coins over four hours while “Bank” was under general anesthesia.

 

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