Vets remove 915 coins from stomach of turtle named ‘piggy bank’

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Date: March 6th, 2017

turtleVeterinary surgeons in Thailand saved the life of a 25-year-old turtle whose name means “piggy bank” by removing 915 coins from her abdomen.

Nantarika Chansue, a veterinary scientist at Chulalongkorn University and the country’s leading expert on sea turtles, said Omsin the turtle spent years living in a pond in Sri Racha, where residents and visitors would throw coins to the amphibian as part of a good luck ritual.

Chansue said Omsin, whose name means “piggy bank,” was brought to her when the animal’s health began to fail and a CT scan revealed the cause of Omsin’s discomfort — a giant clump of coins in her abdomen.  More

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