'Piggy Bank' Turtle Dies After Swallowing Over 900 Coins

Thailand Coin-eating turtle's condition 'very serious' after undergoing surgery

A turtle has died following surgery to remove 915 coins she swallowed while living in a good fortune pool.

Tossing coins into ponds is believed by many to bring good luck, and, in ponds with turtles, longevity, as the animals can live well over 100 years. Eventually, the money formed a weight that cracked Bank's shell.

"She at least had the chance to swim freely and eat happily before she passed", Dr Chansue added.

Piggy Bank, a green turtle, hit the headlines after a four hour operation to remove the coins, that was thought to have been successful, took place.

Vet Nantarika Chansue told local media: "At 10:10am she went with peace".

After having almost a thousand coins removed from its stomach in a four-hour operation two weeks ago, the turtle - nicknamed "Omsin", or "Piggy Bank", - died Tuesday.

She was said to have been doing well after that surgery but developed blood poisoning at the weekend, which doctors said was the cause of death.

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

A green sea turtle has a lifespan of about 80 years.

Vets found around 1,000 Thai baht in Bank's stomach, causing her to become severely sick (Daily Mail).

An officer shows the coins the turtle ate over many years.

"She was swimming and eating normally for a week now", Nantarika Chansue, a lead veterinarian at Chulalongkorn University's faculty of veterinary science, described in a Facebook post after performing the turtle's second operation.

The animal falls within the list of endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Doctors said the removal of the coins had created a space in the turtle's stomach that had probably blocked blood flow in her intestine, reports BBC News.



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