Thailand's coin-swallowing turtle dies of blood-poisoning

A 25-year-old sea turtle in Thailand which swallowed nearly 1,000 coins thrown by tourists seeking good luck has died, two weeks after having surgery to remove the coins from its stomach.

The cause of death was blood poisoning from the loose change, said Dr Achariya Sailasuta, a professor at the veterinary faculty at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University.

"She at least had the chance to swim freely and eat happily before she passed," said Dr Nantarika Chansue, who removed 5kg of coins from the turtle's stomach in an hours-long operation on March 6.

The turtle - nicknamed Bank - appeared to be doing well after the operation, but a check-up on Saturday revealed problems with its intestines. Doctors performed a second operation, but Bank never woke up and died on Tuesday morning.

Bank lived in a public pond in Chonburi province, about 110 miles (175km) south-east of Bangkok.

The turtle swallowed 915 coins that tourists threw into the pond. Eventually, the money formed a weight that cracked Bank's shell.

'Bank' swims in her pool in Thailand. Picture: AP

- AP

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Obamacare replacement bill runs into trouble as four Republicans oppose it

May: No EU national will be forced out of UK when Brexit happens

Corbyn: Each Grenfell Tower death 'could and should have been avoided'

Donald Trump: I have no tapes of Comey meetings


Lifestyle

Author describes what it's like when a man becomes a woman

Seeing is believing for Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow

Rocket Man blasts off to another galaxy at Marquee

Elizabeth Moss is on top of her game with 'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'Top Of The Lake'

More From The Irish Examiner