Coin-eating sea turtle nicknamed "Piggy Bank" dies from blood poisoning

Turtle who had operation after eating 915 coins dies

Turtle who had operation after eating 915 coins dies

A 25-year-old Thai sea turtle died from blood poisoning on Tuesday, never recovering from an operation to remove 915 coins from her stomach, thrown into her pool for good luck, veterinarians said.

Omsin resided in a public pond in Chonburi province, about 110 miles southeast of Bangkok.

Piggy Bank's shell was cracked, swollen and infected when she was found, leaving her rescuers anxious that she had a tumour. Doctors said the turtle had been suffering from intestinal problems after the operation.

In a Facebook posting yesterday, the veterinarian said Bank had not woken up since the operation and was in "very serious" condition.

On 6 March, doctors at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University intervened to save the sea turtle, performing a seven hours' long surgery on her to remove the coins and cure blood poisoning.

The animal had consumed more than 900 coins, which were thrown into her pool by people seeking good luck.

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Omsin, estimated to be 25 years old, had been rescued by Thai navy personnel who saw her visibly ailing in the seaside town of Sattahip.

A green sea turtle has a lifespan of about 80 years. However, a gap in her stomach from the removal of the coins reportedly caused her intestines to become tangled, causing acute infection in the intestines that also blocked blood flow.

Many Thais believe that throwing 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.

"At 10.10am she went with peace", Chansue, the vet in charge of Chulalongkorn hospital's aquatic research centre, told reporters, adding: "She is my friend, teacher and patient".